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Private Sewage Permits

To install a private sewage system you must be a provincially certified installer or homeowner.

Licensed Contractors

A permit to carry out private sewage system work may be issued to the following persons:

  • A provincially certified installer

The completed Sewage Permit Application can be dropped off at Planning and Development at Timberlea Landing, 309 Powder Drive, Fort McMurray. Or apply online via E-Permitting.

Homeowner's Permit

If you have no experience with sewage system installation, it is best to hire a certified installer who is eligible to receive permits. Work done by inexperienced installers may need expensive corrections and may in fact be dangerous.

However, as a homeowner who resides in a single family residential dwelling, you can apply for a Homeowners Permit for the installation of building systems in that dwelling.

You can apply for a Homeowners Permit if you:

  • You own and reside at the building where the work is to be done
  • You will be personally installing the sewage system
  • You are capable of ensuring the work will be done in accordance with the Alberta Private Sewage Systems Standard of Practice.

Please complete the Sewage System Permit Application, a Declaration of Homeowner for Permit and a piping drawing of the work to be done and drop them off at Planning and Development at Timberlea Landing, 309 Powder Drive, Fort McMurray. Or apply online via E-Permitting.

You may not apply for a Homeowner’s Permit if you:

  • You are not personally doing the installing
  • You are not a qualified installer

Permit Cancellation

A Safety Codes Officer or Permit Issuer may cancel or suspend a permit if he/she is aware that:

  • In the case of an addition or alteration, the existing undertaking is unsafe or will reduce the level of safety of the undertaking governed by the permit to below that which is intended by the Act and Regulations, codes, standards or body of rules declared to be in force pursuant to the Act.
  • Incorrect or insufficient information is submitted with respect to the permit or the undertaking to be governed by the permit.
  • In the opinion of the permit issuer, the undertaking for which the permit would be or has been issued would or does contravene the Act or another enactment
  • The permit fee has not been paid
  • There is a contravention of any condition under which the permit was issued or the permit was issued in error.

Expiration of a Permit

A sewage system permit expires if the work has not started within 90 days of the issuance or if no work is carried out under the permit for a period of 120 consecutive days. Upon written application made prior to the expiry of the permit, the Safety Codes Manager may extend the time period for a permit by an additional 90 days. Permits are good for a year provided work is progressing


Now you are able to submit your application, drawings and payment online via E-Permitting.

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