Permits and Rules for Septic Tanks
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Permits and General Binding Rules for Septic Tanks
For people not connected to the main sewage line, a septic tank is often the best solution. Let's take a look at the general building rules that apply to a septic tank.
If you make use of a septic tank you should check whether or not you meet all the general building rules. If you don't you will need to apply for a permit.
You should also make sure whether or not you or the operator, which is usually the property owner who uses the system. You can also be the operator if you are an owner of one of the properties that share the system. Alternatively, you can be the operator if you have a written agreement with the property owner, stating that you are in charge of the septic tank.
The general building rules include that the sewage has to be domestic in nature. This means it has to come from a bathroom, toilet, shower or kitchen of the house or the business.
If you're releasing sewage, there may be additional rules. If you release it into the ground, you have to apply for a permit if you discharge sewage into a well or borehole. You should also apply for a permit if you release more than 2000 L per day.
If you live on a groundwater source protection zone, you also have to apply for a permit for your septic tank. There are plenty of calculators available online to check how much sewage you discharge per day.