Mandatory Septic System Inspections
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.
Owners of properties that have been identified as falling within the inspection area are being contacted by mail to let them know that their septic system must be inspected to meet the new requirements of the Ontario Building Code.
An inspection of all sewage systems located wholly or partly within the mandatory maintenance area is required to be completed before January 1, 2021. Property owners have 21 days from the date of contact by the Town to take one of the three actions listed below.
Property owners who receive a letter have three options:
A. If they feel their septic system does not fall within the mandatory inspection area, they must contact the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority for an assessment. Following the assessment, the property will either be removed from the list, or the property owner will be required to choose option B or C below.
B. They may book an inspection through the Town of BWG, and pay a $100 program administration fee and a $150 inspection fee.
C. They may book an inspection through a qualified third-party designer and provide a certificate to the Town Building Department. They will pay only the $100 program administration fee to the Town.
If an inspection reveals that the system is malfunctioning, it must be repaired (which will require a building permit) then re-inspected and certified.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:
905-778-2055 ext. 1599 (please leave a message to receive a call back)