OSSM Applications

A community unlike any other

Explore inspiring articles, discover events, connect with locals and learn more about Coffs Harbour City Council.

Grants Open

Grants Now Open

Enviornmental Levy, MAD Green Grants, Event Grants and Community Capital Infrastructure Grants are now open...

Read more
Build the Best Bypass

Build the Best Bypass

Coffs Harbour City Council is committed to doing everything we can to ensure the best bypass is built to meet the needs of our community...

Read more
City Square

City Square Revitalisation

Work has started on delivering one of the key projects identified in the Coffs City Centre Masterplan with the $2.5 million revitalisation of City Square now underway...

Read more
View all news

Latest News

Museum

Celebrating 70 Years of Royal Far West Volunteers

A new exhibition highlighting 70 years of the work of the Royal Far West Children’s Health Scheme in Coffs Harbour opens at the city’s Regional Museum on Friday, March 22...

Read more
Harmony Festival

Travel the World Without Leaving Home

Harmony Festival – Coffs Harbour’s most diverse, exciting, exotic and adventure-filled event – returns with an even more fun, tasty and imaginative programme on March 31...

Read more
West Coffs Park

Work Begins on Major New Community Park

A relaxing green parkland that will offer fun for people of all ages and abilities – and their pets – has begun to take shape in West Coffs...

Read more
View all news

OSSM Applications

If you live in an area of the Coffs Harbour LGA not serviced by Council’s sewer system then more than likely you will need or be operating an existing on-site sewage management system. The following information has been provided detailing the regulatory requirements of operating an OSSM, the application process for installing or modifying an OSSM, and Council’s role in monitoring the ongoing performance of these systems.

What work is being done?​

​Which Form/s required?

Waste Water Report required?​

​New OSSM and new plumbing and drainage work

  • Carry Out Sanitary Plumbing and Drainage and/or Install or Amend Onsite Sewage Management System

​Yes

Amend existing house drainage (includes changes to existing septic tank and drain field)

  • As above

​Yes

 

​Total or partial replacement of septic tank with aerated wastewater treatment system and / or new effluent drain field – includes inspection. (no house drainage works)

  • ​As above

 

​No

 

 

If your planned work includes sanitary plumbing and drainage you can find more information on the Plumbing and Drainage page.

The process for this application

Before Work Starts

Complete the Carry Out Sanitary Plumbing and Drainage and/or Install or Amend OSSM Form and provide a Waste Water Report if required (see table above). A Waste Water Report is created by a consultant of your choice.

After Approval to Install is Issued

  1. Council will send the approval to install to the applicant. This will include a Compliance Certificate – OSSM form which should be forwarded to your plumber of choice.
  2. Once you receive your approval you can begin work
  3. Book your inspection. Inspection booking requests must be submitted to Council by no later than 4.30pm the day prior to an inspection being carried out by calling 02 6648 4000. Inspections will generally be accepted as either an AM booking (10.30am to 12.30pm) or a PM booking (1.30PM to 3.30PM) with inspections undertaken Monday to Friday.
  4. Council will carry out an inspection

Before Approval to Operate is Issued

  1. On completion of work you must submit your completed Compliance Certificate – OSSM form.
  2. Approval to operate is issued

Learn more about on-site ​sewage management systems (OSSMs).