Under the proposed final Regulations councils will continue to provide permits to: 

  • construct
  • install
  • alter an onsite wastewater management system (OWMS) of up to 5000 litres a day.

Councils can refuse a permit if the on-site wastewater treatment plant doesn’t meet EPA’s specifications.

The Regulations put clear obligations on those who manage or are in control of land where an OWMS is located.

The Regulations also introduce new duties for the operation and maintenance of an OWMS. This includes a duty to: 

  • keep maintenance records
  • respond to problems
  • notify council of system failures.

The Regulations also set offences and allow councils to order system maintenance and enforce breaches of duties.

These Regulations apply to all existing OWMS, including older systems installed before installation permits were introduced.

Read more about the proposed final Regulations

Summary of Regulations

Summary of air and water Regulations

Summary of contaminated land Regulations

Summary of financial assurance Regulations

Summary of litter Regulations

Summary of noise Regulations

Summary of permissions Regulations

Summary of waste Regulations

Environment Reference Standard

Reviewed 21 December 2020