If you're planning any plumbing works as part of your development you'll most likely need a plumbing approval.
A plumbing approval is required to carry out water, sewerage and stormwater works to a property and must be obtained before a plumber starts work on any job.
You can apply for a plumbing approval online via the NSW Planning Portal or download and complete the Plumbing Works Application form and lodge and pay application fees at our Kiewa Street office, or email the form and supporting documents to email@example.com.
Documents you'll need to provide with your application:
Applications are generally processed and issued within 5 working days from the date of system lodgement or with the Development Consent where relevant.
Before any plumbing works are started, you'll need to submit a Notice of Work at least 2 working days prior.
A Sewer Service Diagram and Certificate of Compliance must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org before a final inspection is booked and carried out. This information is required to undertake the inspection.
Please ensure your Plumbing Approval number is included on all documentation.
The approval process for an Onsite Sewage Management (OSSM) System establishes an accountability relationship between the property owner and Council. This will help ensure property owners are aware of the maintenance and operating requirements of their system.
There are two separate applications for OSSM approval, these are:
Under section 68 of the Local Government Act 1993, an approval to Install, Construct or Alter an On-Site Sewage Management System is required from Council. If you are installing a new system you may apply online via the NSW Planning Portal or complete the Onsite Sewer Management System Application form to obtain an approval from Council prior to commencing works. If you are not using the NSW Planning Portal for lodgement, you can lodged and pay for your application at our Kiewa Street office, or email it to email@example.com.
For an application to install, construct or alter for a new dwelling, the following information is required to be submitted with the application:
A Land Capability Assessment Report includes a percolation test and geotechnical report. A percolation test tests for the permeability of the soil to accept wastewater. It assists in determining the length of the absorption trenches for disposal of wastewater. The Geotechnical report investigates the subsurface soil profile and groundwater characteristics. It interprets this information to provide engineering recommendations for system design based on the type of soil profile and groundwater characteristics.
If the size of the property where the new system is proposed to be installed is less than 20,000m2 (5 acres), the applicant will also need to be able to justify that the system can be installed and effluent effectively applied to the land without any adverse environmental or public health impacts to the occupiers, neighbouring properties and nearby sensitive receptors. This justification is to be supported by a suitably qualified person.
It should be noted that the applicant will need to demonstrate that they have space for primary and reserve disposal areas within the boundary of the site. If a reserve disposal area cannot be provided within the lot due to limitation of space, a higher level of wastewater treatment (i.e. secondary or advanced) is required to ensure longevity of the disposal area.
It is also recommended that wastewater is alternated into a different sections of the disposal area after each pump cycle (using an indexing valve), thereby allowing each area to have a rest in an unsaturated state for significant periods during the day.
Under section 68 of the Local Government Act 1993, an Approval to Operate an On-Site Sewage Management System is required. Albury City Council will require the owner of the property to apply for approval in the following circumstances:
An approval to operate will be issued with an expiry date that is commensurate with the risk rating of the system.
It is an offence under the Local Government Act 1993 to undertake work to install/construct or operate an on-site sewage management system without prior written approval from Council.
The cost to provide a plumbing approval, approval to install an OSSM system and approval to Operate and OSSM system can be viewed in our fees and charges.