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Township of Essa Administration Centre

5786 County Road 21 | Utopia, ON L0M 1T0

Phone: 705-424-9770 TTY: 705-424-5302 Fax: 705-424-2367

Office Hours: Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

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Septic Systems

People applying for Septic System Permits are required to complete a Building Permit Application which may be printed from the Forms section of the website or picked up at the Administration Centre on the lower level of the building.  Please note that you will require the front page of the regular Building Permit Application to be filled out in full and the Septic Information Permit also.  A qualified person is required to design the system unless the exceptions noted on the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing website are met.  A "T" time of the soil (a time determined for the type of soil your septic bed will rest upon) will be required at the time of submission, with a sketch showing the layout and cross section of the design of the septic system.  A test hole should be provided prior to submission of the application to allow the inspectors to see the native material and the ground water level.

The folloiwng items are reqruired when applying for a septic permit:

  • Building Permit Application
  • Schedule 1 Designer Information
  • Schedule 2 Installer Information
  • Septic Information Form
  • A "T-Time" Report (a time determined for the type of soil the septic bed will rest upon)
  • Site Plan (noting the location of septic tank, septic, structures, property lines, well(s) and type, neighbouring wells and types, water ways, ponds and lakes)
  • Layout of the septic system
  • Cross Section and Elevation of the septic from the existing grade
  • Test Hole should be dug to verify the location of water table and bedrock

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