Liquid Trade Waste Charge Categories

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Liquid Trade Waste Charge Categories

Different Liquid Trade Waste discharges will attract different charges depending on the specific classification and charge category applied to each business by the Liquid Trade Waste Officers, in accordance with the New South Wales Liquid Trade Waste Regulation Guidelines.

The fees and charges are set on an annual basis and adopted by Council as part of the Council's Management Plan. Refer to Council's Fees & Charges for current information. 


Classification A or AA 
Examples include Butcher, Café, Club, Fast Food Outlet, Hotel / Motel, Dental Surgery, Mechanical Workshop. Businesses with low water usage and low concentration levels of wastewater.

Classification B 
Examples include Bus Depot, Hospital, Panel Beating / Smash Repairer, Radiator Repairs. Businesses where pre-treatment is required and discharge concentration levels exceed that of Classification A. Council has to obtain permission from the State Government to approve this classification.

Classification C 
Examples include Brewery, Engine/Gearbox Reconditioning, Fibreglass, Fish Co-op, Galvanising, Printing, Slipway. Businesses that have high water usage and/or high concentration levels of wastewater. The pre-treatment equipment may be complex depending on the nature of the activity. Council has to obtain permission from the State Government to approve this classification.

Classification S  
Businesses that accept, transport and discharge approved wastewater such as septic tank pump outs, chemical toilet waste, etc into the sewerage system. Council has to obtain permission from the State Government to approve this classification.

Charge Categories:  

Category 1

  • an activity deemed by Council as requiring nil or minimal pre-treatment equipment and whose discharge is a relatively low risk to the sewerage system. 
  • dischargers requiring pre-treatment but with a low impact on the sewerage system.

Category 2

  • an activity deemed by Council as requiring a prescribed type of pre-treatment and whose discharge has been identified and characterised.

Category 2S

  • an activity of transporting and discharging approved wastewater such as septic tank pump outs, chemical toilet waste, etc into the sewerage system.

Category 3

  • an activity which is of an industrial nature and/or results in the discharge of large volumes (over 20kL per day)  into the sewerage system.
  • any Category 1 or 2 generator whose discharge volume exceeds 20kL per day becomes a Charge Category 3, with some exceptions.