Onsite sewage systems and fuel heaters can affect public health and individual safety if not installed and maintained correctly. For this reason, installation standards are regulated and require an approval. An inspection is also undertaken at key stage/s during installation. In the case of onsite sewage systems, these inspections can only be done by Council staff.

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Install or upgrade an onsite sewerage system
Installing a fuel heater
Licensed fuel heater installers

Install or upgrade an onsite sewerage system

Technologies are continually emerging to improve the environmental and health outcomes for wastewater management systems. It is important that you determine your needs then explore the range of systems currently on the market. The choice of system will depend on the zoning of the land, the size of the site, soil characteristics, the risk to ground and surface waters and the type of development proposed.

Install new or replacing like for like you will need an approval from Council. If you are thinking of building a new bedroom this may mean that the existing system will need to be upgraded. Make an appointment to speak to an environmental health officer before you purchase.

An application to install will need to be supported with a wastewater management report and plans. The report examines the characteristics of the site including detailed soil and climatic assessments. It calculates the system sizes and the extent and location of land application areas.

Before you begin first check with Sydney Water to see if your property is or can be serviced with a reticulated sewer. For information on how to decommission a system see information on connection to sewer.

You will need to apply through the NSW Planning Portal and either login or register to create an account.

Installing a fuel heater

Comprehensive information on selecting, installing and operating a domestic solid fuel heater is available on the NSW Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) website. If not installed correctly you could be at risk of a fire starting or chimney smoke may accumulate around buildings. All solid fuel heaters must have a compliance plate stating that it conforms to the Australian Standard for pollution emissions and efficiency. To minimise the effect of smoke on your neighbours, the EPA recommends the top of a chimney be at least one metre higher than any other building with a 15 metre radius.

Topography and site suitability can play a big part in the dispersion of wood smoke. So if you live on a steep hill, for example, there may be other considerations. 

You can use a licensed contractor to install a fuel heater. If you are using an licensed installer a copy of their certification must be lodged with the Council immediately after installation is complete. A list of approved installers that operate in the Blue Mountains is below.

Properties identified as heritage item will need a separate approval from Council, where it is not assessed as part of a development application. You can apply online. The application must include specifications, elevation and site plan / floor plan.

Licensed fuel heater installers

Name Contact Details Expiry Date

David Dignam
Alexius Dignam
Blue Mountains Energy Centre

0414 824 577
0414 617 898

Insurance: 23/09/2023
Licence: 28/05/2023

Noel Mulvaney
Fire4u Pty Ltd

0414 362 377

Insurance: 29/05/2023
Licence: 24/09/2025

Peter Petersen
Sydney Heaters & Pizza Ovens Pty Ltd

0408 026 336

Insurance: 31/10/2023
Licence: 15/06/2023

Grant Wheeler
JG & IJ Wheeler Building Contractors
0419 286 646

Insurance: 31/08/2023
Licence: 12/06/2023

Dusan Zubek
Orlik Heating

0424 101 138
Insurance: 25/10/2023
Licence: 23/01/2027

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