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Private Sewer Permit Information

Rebuilding or repairing a home where a private sewage system is being used can require some additional work and expenses which you will need to consider before starting any work.

There are a few things to consider in order to ensure that your rebuilt residence meets the minimum codes and standards, and takes into account the new Rural Water and Sewer Project being planned for the rural communities.

If your home had an in-ground treatment system that had never been permitted, a system that failed at some point in the past and/or a system that was damaged or lost as a result of the wildfire, you’ll need to choose one of the following options:

  1. Provide the original permit and all inspections for the property and confirm that no damage has happened to the system and that the rebuild bedroom count is the same. If all is acceptable then no new permits will be required.
  2. If there are damages to the system, a permit will be obtained by the owner or a licensed contractor to repair or replace any of the damaged components of the system.
  3. If the owner wants to abandon the in-ground system and install a new two compartment septic/holding tank, a new permit will be required.
  4. If there are no permits or inspections on record, a new permit is required for the existing system. A licensed contractor will be required to verify what has been installed and to confirm that the existing system is designed to handle the proposed development.

All new installations are required to meet the Alberta Private Sewage Systems Standard of Practice 2015. Any expenses related to the above options are the homeowner’s responsibility. Ensure your insurance company is aware that you have a private sewage system and that it will require attention prior to occupancy.

For more information, please contact the Planning and Development Department’s Safety Codes branch at 780-743-7813 or email inspections@rmwb.ca.