Sewage System Maintenance Inspection Program

In early April of 2022, staff were directed by council to reconfigure our Sewage System Inspection Program By-Law in order to facilitate the program expertly in-house. Our Sewage System Maintenance Program team consists of our CBO, Sewage System Maintenance Program Supervisor, and 2 Seasonal Septic Inspectors. Over the course of approximately 16 weeks, the inspectors will be visiting properties within Area 3 to complete the mandatory inspections. Staff are working tirelessly to notify homeowners affected by the upcoming inspections of their sewage systems. The letter will outline an inspection date, instructions on how to rebook, and details on how to be prepared for the inspection.

Area 3 consists of properties within 30m of the water on Haliburton Lake, Percy Lake, Oblong Lake, Eagle Lake, Moose Lake, Glen Lake, West Lake, Bushwolf Lake and Basshaunt Lake.

Homeowners are still welcome to retain the services of a Qualified Septic Inspector, however, in addition to paying the inspection fee imposed by the private inspector, there will also be a fee issued by the Municipality for the cost of reviewing the inspection reports. All reports must be submitted prior to September 1st. Additionally, any incomplete third party inspection reports that are received will be charges a Failed Attempt fee.

All inspections, whether completed by Municipal Inspectors, or by Third Party Inspectors are to be completed by September 1st, 2022. 

Please note that the proposed fees listed below in the Fee Schedule tab have been approved in preliminary discussions with council and are currently in review for the required period as outlined in the Ontario Building Code.

For information regarding your inspection appointment, results, etc. please contact the Program Supervisor by:

Thank you for your participation in the Sewage System Maintenance Inspection Program, a significant pillar in protecting the future of your lake.

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Fee Schedule
  • Sewage System Maintenance Inspection Fee - $180.00
  • Septic Tank Pump-out Follow Up Letter - $25.00
  • Third Party Inspection Report Review - $50.00
  • Failed Third Party Inspection Attempt - $50.00

Note: owners will be charged the Sewage System Maintenance Inspection Fee for each inspection attempt carried out by the Municipality. Please be sure to pay attention to you inspection date and instructions to avoid unnecessary fees. 

My system didn't pass the inspection, what do I do?

There are various reasons why a sewage system may be deemed non-compliant. Following your inspection, you will be provided with a written report which outlines the outcome of your inspection. If your system is flagged as non-compliant, you will be provided a description on what you need to do to remedy the situation.

A few common issues and suggested remedies are:

  • Too many bedrooms according to the permitted use
  • Broken or missing baffles
    • Replace or repair, submit photos and receipts upon completion
  • Cracked lids
    • Replace or repair, submit photos and receipts upon completion
  • Impeded outlet
    • Contact a qualified local installer to investigate the issue. Submit the required application in bed replacement is required and/or receipts for completed repairs
  • Etc.
Submitting My Third Party Inspection Report

As mentioned above, homeowners are welcome to hire a private Third Party Inspector to complete the mandatory Maintenance Inspection. Please ensure that the person you are hiring is qualified to carry out the task. As a reminder, all Third Party Inspection Reports are required to be submitted with payment prior to September 1st, 2022. You may choose to submit the required documents and fees online, or in office.

Visit our Third Party Inspection Report Submittal Form to submit online.

Inspection Program Schedule

Under the current By-Law, the Sewage System Maintenance Inspection Program has been divided into 5 Areas of Coverage. Presently, we are focused on inspecting properties within 30m of the water in the areas set out in our map. Staff will be working through each area in numerical order.


Please view our Area Map to view the intended order of inspections. 

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