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Mandatory and Discretionary Sewage System Maintenanc​e Inspection​

Effective January 1st, 2011, the Ontario Building Code was amended by Ontario Regulation 315/10 to establish and govern the Mandatory and Discretionary On-site Sewage System Maintenance Inspection to be administered by the Township of Ramara. Click to view Ontario Regulation 315/10.

The amendment helps protect Ontario's drinking water and the natural environment and support the implementation of the Clean Water Act, 2006 (CWA) and the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan.

NEW - Effective January 1, 2020, the council has authorized the implementation of the Discretionary Sewage System Maintenance Inspection Program (Bylaw 2019.73). This program shall commence on January 1, 2020 and inspections will be starting in the spring of 2020. This Discretionary On-site Sewage System Maintenance Inspection Program will include all properties that are within 100m from all rivers, streams, lakes and ponds within the Township of Ramara.  This Discretionary On-site Sewage System Maintenance Inspection Program will cover all areas not already covered by Mandatory On-site Sewage System Maintenance Inspection Program.  All properties within the new Discretionary areas will be separated into groups and spread out within the already established Mandatory 5-year cycle.

The inspections of all on-site sewage systems within both of these programs and will be inspected, and then re-inspected every five years thereafter.  Property owners will receive notification of their upcoming inspection by mail within the beginning of their inspection year.

These On-Site Sewage System Maintenance Inspections will be conducted during the spring, summer and fall months.  


PART ONE: Inspection

The inspector will conduct a site visit to inspect the septic and surrounding areas. This inspection is necessary to ensure the system is in working order and that there are no visual deficiencies.  Once the inspector has carried out the inspection, they will leave a notice at your front door.

Once the inspection is completed, you will receive an invoice for $150.00. Please be advised, if after the allotted 30 days the invoice is still left unpaid, the fee amount will be transferred directly to your property tax account.

PART TWO: Pump Out Certificate

The second component of the program is that you are responsible for arranging a licensed sewage hauler to have your septic or holding tank pumped out.

pump out certificate must be completed by a septic hauler of your choice.  That certificate must be submitted to the Township within your inspection year. It is your responsibility to ensure that the pump out certificate is sent into the township. 

Click to view a list of local licensed sewage haulers.

Advanced Treatment Units

Every Treatment Unit must be under a Current Service Agreement and have annual effluent samples taken.  A Service Agreement is a requirement and must be continual and a copy sent into the township.  The Annual Service Reports must also be sent into the township every year.  If the reports are sent in annually the system would be exempt from requiring re-inspection

If you do not have a Current Service Agreement or do not submit the mandatory Annual Service Reports, you will be inspected by the Township and will be charged $150.00 for the annual inspection.  Further action will be taken if you do not comply with the mandatory requirements.


Failed Inspections

If your system fails an inspection, you will receive a letter from the Township, outlining your deficiencies with a deadline on your remedial action.

Further action will be taken if corrections are not completed.

For any questions or concern, you may contact:
Amanda Renton​ – Septic Re-Inspection Coordinator / Building inspector
705-484-5374 ext. 266