Any home or building that is not connected to a community sewer system needs a method for getting rid of domestic sewage. Domestic sewage includes human excreta and waterborne waste from the preparation and consumption of food and drinking, dishwashing, bathing, showering and general household cleaning and laundry.
Some homes or buildings with no running water, located in remote rural settings, may use a properly constructed outhouse or privy.
Requirements for sewage disposal systems
If a house or building has indoor plumbing and is not connected to a community sewer system, it must be connected to an onsite sewage disposal system that is in compliance with the Sewerage System Regulation.
According to the Sewerage System Regulation only an Authorized Person can design, install, repair, maintain and/or inspect a sewerage system. An Authorized Person is a Professional Engineer or a Registered Onsite Wastewater Practitioner (ROWP).
To find Registered Onsite Wastewater Practitioner contact the Applied Science Technologists & Technicians of BC at (604) 585-2788 or visit their website.
For a Professional Engineer contact the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists.
Resources for property owners and authorized persons
Have a complaint or concern?
If you have a health and safety concern or complaint about an onsite sewage issue, please email HPLand@fraserhealth.ca or call Population Health Call Center at 604-587-3936 and request to be connected to an Environmental Health Officer in the Water and Land Program.