On-site Waste Water System Inspection

NEW (January 2022):

IMPORTANT Please note the following changes to plumbing oversight:

  • Plumbing permitting and inspection services have been transferred to the Technical Safety Authority of Saskatchewan (TSASK) effective January 3, 2022.  For more information visit www.tsask.ca or call 1-866-530-8599, Option 1.
  • The Saskatchewan Health Authority will continue to be responsible for any permits taken out prior to the transfer date of January 3, 2022 and may inspect those systems.
  • The municipal office will no longer issue permits on the SHAs behalf after January 1st, 2022.
  • Outstanding permit fees can be remitted to the SHA as per the usual process.
  • Expired permits (permits that are older than 6 months without work having commenced) will be cancelled and the applicant will be redirected to apply with TSASK. 


On-site Waste Water Disposal Permitting & Inspection

In Saskatchewan, public health inspectors have legislative authority of on-site waste water disposal systems that have a daily flow under 18m3. This authority is outlined in The Private Sewage Works Regulations and The Shoreland Pollution Control Regulations. Both of these regulations are under The Public Health Act, 1999.

If you plan on installing an on-site wastewater system (including holding tanks) or extending, repairing or altering an existing on-site septic system you will need to apply and get design approval from your local public health inspector. You may only proceed with construction after approval is granted.

When construction of the system is nearly complete and before the system is covered up you will need to contact your public health inspector to arrange a final inspection. If all the conditions are met and the installation is to the inspector’s satisfaction, the system may be covered, final approval may be given and a permit can be signed.

For guidance on the following subjects see the Saskatchewan Environmental Health webpage.

  • Legislation
  • Designing sewage systems
  • Maintaining your wastewater system document
  • Document on approval and permitting process for a wastewater system
  • Common types of wastewater systems
  • Choosing a Contractor
  • Guidance for Installers:  How to Complete an SOWDG Work Sheet - Appendix 7 of the Guide


Need a permit?

 Applications for plumbing inspections & permits (NOTE: these are NOT permits):




Permits may be obtained through the district public health inspector.