All waste water systems and septic systems require a council approved permit prior to being installed, modified or retro fitted. This can be a daunting and sometimes stressful process so let us take care of it all for you. All the designs, layouts, accreditations and schematics along with the installers credentials are a crucial part of the application and as experienced authorities on this we can do it with little to no fuss and WormSmart no administration fee at all. Council imposed fees are different council to council and up dated regularly, they are also GST free. In most cases, we will include those fees on a quote but can be subject to change should they be reviewed by Council.   

Every council and every State has different methods, process’s and requirements but all systems must have the current state government accreditation and be installed by a licenced drainage plumber as a minimum qualification. Ask to see your installers license to make sure you are covered should there be issues.

For a permit application, we generally require:

Written Permission

Written permission from you to conduct the application on your behalf, just an email is usually enough.

LCA Report

A copy of the waste water / LCA report. We most likely will have a copy anyway from the initial stages of the quote.

Site Floorplan

A copy of your site and floor plan. Most often we also have a copy of these but will request them if required.

Your Details

Your details as the property owner; postal address and contact phone number.


Invoice paid for the deposit and council imposed fee.


Most domestic permit applications will require a waste water report, sometimes called an LCA (Land Capability Assessment). Every state and local council has their own regulation regarding these and the requirement or not to have one.


Getting a waste water report involves having an engineer visit your property, they will generally take 3 to 4 soil samples to test certain factors such as; plasticity, clay content, flocculation, rock and granular density. Other things they will look at is the percolation rate of the soil, exposure to sun and wind, your blocks aspect, slope and size as well as vegetation coverage among other things. Further information such as average rain fall, evaporation rates, weather conditions and even local cultural history are considered. After generally 2 to 3 weeks you will receive a detailed written report, often up to 65 pages, out lining all the conclusions and calculations from the gathered information, including the best system and its sizing calculations and transpiration for your property.


It is vital that you meet these people on site to discuss your options and future plans for your property, you may one day want a pool where they place the irrigation field, and you will need to request that they allow for the type of system you want, ie a WormSmart waste system otherwise they can charge to have a report amended.  


It is recommended that all new home builds and installations have a report done and you can often get the waste water report done at the same time as the soil report for the building and structure. We are happy to make these arrangements for you or provide you a contact.