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​​​Septic System Permits and Inspections​

​As of January 1, 2016, amendments to the Ontario Building Code, along with the implementation of the Clean Water Act 2006 and the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan, state that all septic systems located within 100 metres of any river, stream, lake or pond that feeds into Lake Simcoe must be inspected once every five years.

The Town has reviewed records to determine what properties are (in whole or in part) within the inspection area, and therefore must be inspected to meet the new requirements of the Ontario Building Code.

Owners of these properties are being contacted by mail to discuss the program and to arrange inspections. All septic systems in the target area must be inspected before January 1, 2021, and then again every five years.

​​​​Freqently Asked Questions

Why does my septic system require an inspection?
As of January 1, 2016, changes to Ontario provincial law state that all septic systems located within 100 metres of any river, stream, lake or pond that feeds into Lake Simcoe must be inspected once every five years. Your property has been identified as falling within the inspection area, and therefore must be inspected to meet the new requirements of the Ontario Building Code.

When will my septic system be inspected?
In BWG, approximately 500 septic systems located (in whole or in part) within the defined area must be inspected before January 1, 2021. Staff from the Town of BWG Building Department will contact you to arrange the inspection.

What is the inspection process?
Initial inspections are non-intrusive, to avoid significant disturbance to your septic system. Your system will be checked for signs of malfunction, and if no concerns are identified, you will receive a certificate of inspection. If failures are discovered, further testing will be done and you may need to have the system repaired before a certificate can be provided.

Will there be a cost to me?
The owner of the septic system will be required to pay a fee, which will be determined after reviewing public input at the Open House. Property owners are also responsible for any necessary repairs, upgrades or replacements; however, there may be funding available to assist with these costs. The Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority administers a LEAP (Landowner Environmental Assistance Program)​, and you can contact them for more information.