The Local Government (General) Regulation 2021 defines 'liquid trade waste' as 'all liquid waste other than sewage of a domestic nature'.
All business activities generating liquid trade waste must have current City of Coffs Harbour approval and maintain the appropriate equipment necessary to treat any liquid waste before it enters our sewerage system. We generally grant approval for a period of 5 years at which point you must reapply.
City of Coffs Harbour regulates liquid trade waste discharges in order to:
- Protect the health and safety of our staff, the public, and the environment
- Protect wastewater system infrastructure, assets, and sewerage treatment processes to protect the effluent and biosolid quality for facilitation of recycling
- Reduce maintenance costs and odour complaints
This includes liquid waste generated from:
- Industrial premises
- Businesses and commercial premises such as hotels, motels, restaurants, takeaway stores, butchers, service stations, mechanical workshops, vehicle wash facilities, supermarkets, dentists
- Community and public premises such as pools, schools, colleges, education facilities, hospitals and nursing homes
- Septic tank waste, marine pump-out facilities and established sites for the discharge of chemical toilet or pan contents from mobile homes, caravans or portaloos
If your business falls into one of these categories, you will be required to pre-treat your liquid trade waste prior to discharging into our sewerage system.
If you are lodging a development application (DA), you will need to meet trade waste conditions to get a construction certificate. We encourage you to call a trade waste officer to discuss the requirements before lodging your DA. Purchasing or starting a new business without a DA, you must seek approval by completing an application form.
Before starting your application, please read the City's Liquid Trade Waste Policy and Liquid Trade Waste Procedure.