The Permit Process for Homeowners

Before any installation, extension or alteration of material of a sewage system can take place, a building permit must be obtained from a Principle Authority.

Step One: Find a principal authority

  • An authority that offers the septic system program under the OBC
  • Can be a health unit, conservation authority, or municipality
  • Check with your municipal office to determine who the Principal Authority is in your area

Step Two: Get an application form, fill out and submit to principal authority 

  • Get an application form from your Principal Authority
  • Application form is standardized across the province, but municipalities have the power to add their own forms to the application. Make sure to check with your Principal Authority to see what extra forms are required for that area. Click here for the standardized forms required by the Province.
  • Make sure you have all required information such as: property information, designer/installer information, municipal forms and site plans
  • You may enlist a qualified designer or installer to act as your agent and fill out the application for you

Step Three: Inspection process begins 

  • Area inspectors will complete a site inspection prior to installation and will review all submitted documents
  • Permit will either be refused or approved by the Chief Building Official
  • After a permit has been approved, construction of your septic system may begin

Step Four: Getting a certificate of completion 

  • After the system has been partially installed (left uncovered), your installer may submit a request for a second installation inspection
  • Once a second inspection has been approved, your installer can cover the system and submit one more request for final inspection
  • Once the final is approved, and the file contains all necessary documents, the CBO will approve the system as complete, and issue a certificate of completion.