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Learn about the requirements for sewage disposal systems

Any home or building that is not connected to a municipal or city sewage system needs a method for getting rid of human waste.

Some buildings, usually in rural settings with no running water, may use an outhouse or privy.

Requirements for sewage disposal systems

All buildings with indoor plumbing need to have a sewage disposal system that is in compliance with the Sewerage System Regulation. The requirements include:

  • Construction and maintenance of a sewage disposal system with a sewage flow of < 22 700 L per day must meet the Sewerage System Regulation requirements including:
  • Single family dwellings or duplexes
  • Sewerage systems which service different buildings on a single parcel of land
  • Systems that serve one or more parcels on strata lots or on a shared interest of land
  • Larger waste water systems must meet the Municipal Wastewater Regulation requirements under the Environmental Management Act
  • Every owner who wants to construct a new septic system, or alter or repair an existing one, must retain the services of an authorized person who may be a professional engineer or a registered onsite waste water practitioner (ROWP) to design and oversee construction of the disposal system.
  • When it is not possible to install a sewerage system on a parcel of land, the owner may choose to install a sewage holding tank. Minimum requirements must meet the Sewerage System Regulation requirements.


The following fees are related to land use and onsite sewage:

Item​ Cost
Sewerage System Filing Fee (non refundable)​ $200​
Holding Tank Permit   ​ $400​
Subdivision Applicant Fee (where applicable)​ $220​
Copy of Sewage Permit/Filing/Maintenance Plan​ $50​
​Restrictive Covenants – relocating/removal​ ​$262.50​
Plus applicable Notary Fees $40


Sewerage file information request

A search can be done for a property by contacting your local health protection office.  A non-refundable fee of $50 is required with a completed sewerage file information request form.   Please note that we cannot guarantee that a file will be located or that it will include an accurate diagram of the system.  If no information is available, either the original paperwork could not be filed due to incorrect information, or the sewage system was constructed/repaired without reference to a Health Protection office.

Have a complaint or concern?

If you have a health and safety concern or complaint about an onsite sewage issue, please contact your local health protection office.​


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