The Inspectors Duties - On-Site Sanitary Sewage System

The building inspector of an on-site sanitary sewage system is responsible for:

  •  understanding all aspects of the Ontario Building Code as it relates to on-site sanitary sewage systems of less that 10,000 liters per day.
  • reviewing the plans for individual applications, subdivisions, zone changes, and severances that deal with the installation or alteration of an on-site sanitary sewage system of less than 10,000 liters per day
  • consulting with property owners, their own building department, installers, designers, legal consultants, and municipal planning departments regarding the compliance with the O.B.C. of a proposed sanitary Sewage system
  • conducting site inspections as required, to verify the information on the building permit
  • conducting final inspection to verify that the installation complies with the O.B.C. regulations
  • investigating the complaints of property owners regarding the malfunction of sanitary sewage systems, and advising the property owner of any remedial and/or enforcement procedures required under the O.B.C.. Investigations may include visual surface inspections, tank inspections, dye testing, and water sampling. Investigations may require the property owner to arrange for the excavation of test pits, so that soil conditions can be evaluated.
  • investigating the sanitary sewage systems of large areas of developed land if there appears to be a problems of a larger scale, such as ground water pollution
  • keeping accurate and detailed records of all inspections and assessments
  • preparing information and evidence for cases that may be brought before the Building Code Commission

The inspector is not responsible for the site evaluation, percolation testing, or for the design of a system, and should not be involved in these tasks.