All-new, repair, replacement or alteration to on-site sewage systems in the City of Quinte West are subject to permits and inspection by Quinte West building officials. In addition, private sewage systems must meet the provisions of the Ontario Building Code, the Building Code Act, the building bylaw and other applicable laws and standards. Building department staff also perform special investigations of illegal and malfunctioning private sewage systems.
The Ontario Building Code, subsection 1.3.5. requires permit holders to give two business days’ notice to the building department when your system is ready for mandatory inspections at each critical stage of construction.
Your responsibility is to contact the City’s building department to conduct the following required inspections once your sewage system construction starts. Neglecting these inspections may cause costly delays and time-consuming work stoppages.
1. Installation of the distribution piping prior to backfill.
2. Final septic installation once the distribution pipe has been covered and vegetation is in place.
Prior to occupancy and the issuance of an occupancy permit, the septic system must be operational and inspected.
In order to book an inspection, have available the address of the property, building permit number, stage of inspection required, requested date of inspection (giving a minimum of two business days notice) and a contact name and number.
Additional information about the private septic system can be found in septic smart (PDF) and private septic system flooding.
The Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks offers information for wells located on your property through a public Wells Help Desk:
Wells Help Desk
Environmental Monitoring and Reporting Branch
Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks
125 Resources Road, Toronto, ON M9P 3V6
Phone: 1-888-396-WELL (9355)