Septic Systems

Residents living in un-sewered areas can treat and dispose of their wastewater to land through the installation of a septic system. A septic system consists of a structurally sound, watertight tank that treats sewerage and liquid wastes as well as a series of soil absorption and/or transpiration trenches.

A permit is required to install a septic tank. Here is a simple checklist of what you need to submit to Council:

  • A completed septic tank application form(PDF, 117KB). If you require assistance with your application please refer to this information sheet(PDF, 86KB)
  • The relevant fee - $558.00 residential installation / $310.00 residential alteration / $558.00 commercial.
  • A land capability assessment (where applicable)
  • Plans showing details of the proposed septic system as well building locations.
  • Details of the licensed plumber you intend to use.

If you require an extension to your septic tank permit, please complete the septic tank extension request form(PDF, 68KB). A fee of $155.00 is required to process your request.

For further inquiries please contact Council’s Building Unit on 5772 0333.

Domestic Wastewater Management Plan

Council are responsible for the approval and on-going oversight of on-site wastewater management systems (traditionally described as ‘Septic Tanks’ and more recently described as ‘On-site Systems’) within the Shire. On-site systems are the traditional method for managing sewage and other forms of wastewater on properties that are not connected to a Goulburn Valley Water reticulated (or town) sewerage system. They are also the preferred method of wastewater management for new developments in Low Density Residential, Rural Living and Rural land use zonings.

A Domestic Wastewater Management Plan (DWMP) is required under the State Environment Protection Policy (Waters) to assess domestic wastewater (often referred to as on-site wastewater or septic tank) risks in the municipality and develop prioritised actions to address potential impacts. The DWMP provides a strategic framework to plan and manage domestic wastewater within Murrindindi Shire.

To view a copy of the Plan, please click here(PDF, 5MB).