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Septic Systems and Land Development

The Porcupine Health Unit Inspection Department is involved with the installation of septic systems to ensure treatment of waste from toilets, showers, kitchen sinks, laundry, etc., meet the requirements of Part 8 of the Ontario Building Code. These private residences and commercial operations must have a daily sewage flow of 10,000 litres per day or less.

Municipalities or the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing often request comment from the Porcupine Health Unit regarding land severances, zoning, building alterations, and minor variances. Once the required applications and corresponding documents are submitted, an on-site assessment of the property will be completed.

Records of permits and applications for septic systems, severances, zoning, land use, minor variances, and building alterations are maintained in case they are required in the future, such as a change of property ownership, a change to the property or building, or if a septic system is malfunctioning.

For further information, please contact the Duty Inspector at 705-267-1181 or 1-800-461-1818 or visit your local health unit office to pick up an application.