Phone1300 864 444
The General Manager
Ballina Shire Council
PO Box 450
Ballina NSW 2478
40 Cherry Street
Ballina NSW 2478
8:15am - 4:30pm
Monday to Friday
The OSSM Strategy provides information on how the OSSM Program will be operated, key objectives and how to obtain approval to install or operate an OSSM system. If you intend to install, alter or construct and OSSM system then please refer to the OSSM Guidelines for essential information for OSSM designers, plumbers and drainers (installers) and OSSM homeowners.
On-site Sewage Management Systems (OSSMS) are required in all non-sewered areas. There are over 4,000 OSSMS installed in Ballina Shire.
OSSMS include septics, aerated wastewater treatment systems, composting toilets, reedbeds, sand filters, biological filters, membrane reactors and greywater systems.
These systems treat wastewater from premises before applying the effluent to land. Effluent land applications include absorption/evaporation beds or subsurface irrigation.
The checklist and the Approval to Operate (ATO) application form are to be completed and submitted to Council once a suitably qualified person (ie NSW licenced plumber and drainer) has been engaged and inspected their On-site-Sewage Management system (OSSM) prior to the expiry date of the ATO certificate. Please note the checklists can only be completed by a NSW licenced plumber and drainer. For homeowners with Aerated Wastewater Treatment Systems (AWTS), the most recent service report can be submitted to Council with an ‘Approval to Operate – Renewal Form (Section 68)’ to obtain an ATO certificate.
These checklists can also be submitted on behalf of the property owner who may be wishing to sell their property. New homeowners must apply for an Approval to Operate certificate to Council within two months of the date of property transfer. This will require the submission of an “Approval to Operate Renewal Form (Section 68)” and an inspection checklist report or AWTS service report.
These factsheets will assist the homeowner, wastewater consultant, plumber & drainer to design, install and maintain the on-site sewage management system.
To check for the location of the nearest licensed groundwater bores click on the link below to take you to the NSW Waterinfo website:
To check if a property is within the Drinking Water Catchment Area of the Shire:
Note: There are four drinking water bore sites within the Shire with a 250m radius catchment protection zone around each bore. If your property is located within this protection zone and you intend to install a new or upgrade an existing OSSM system then please contact Council to determine the application requirements.
Contact Council's Development and Environmental Health Group if you need further clarification.
If you are intending to upgrade or install a new OSSM system, in close proximity to the Richmond River or tributary stream, then you must determine if the property is within the Priority Oyster Aquaculture Area zone of influence. When a property is within this zone of influence then further OSSM design specifications may be required to ensure that there are no impacts on the Priority Oyster Aquaculture Areas.
The OSSM consultant is to refer to the NSW Department of Primary Industries – Fishing and Aquaculture website for the NSW Oyster Industry Sustainable Aquaculture Strategy and Priority Oyster Aquaculture Area Maps.
The following facts sheets have been created to assist OSSM consultants:
To obtain the 1:20, 1:50 & 1:100 ARI flood level readings for the flood plain region of Ballina Shire Council then please refer to the maps included in the document below. (Click on the link)
The information in these soil factsheets are general in advice and have been obtained from the Victorian Resources Online website, Department of Primary Industries Victoria. © State of Victoria, Department of Primary Industries 2012 (reproduced with permission). This information may be of assistance when preparing reports involving soil assessments on properties where it is proposed to install on-site sewage management systems.