We regulate on-site sewage systems under the Ontario Building Code Act.

When is a septic permit required?

You need to apply for a septic permit if you want to:

  • Install a new septic system
  • Replace an existing septic system
  • Repair a leaching bed
  • Demolish or decommission a septic system

Who can design and install a septic system?

On-site septic systems must be designed and installed by licensed professionals qualified by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

You may install and repair your own septic system with a permit and inspections from the Town's Building Services.

How to apply for a septic permit

The Town is pleased to offer residents, builders, and the business community an online application system to apply for and track your building permits.

The online building permit system allows you to apply for and to see the status of your application anywhere, at any time. You can start an application and finish it later, and receive email updates on the status of your permit application. You can even request building inspections!

Apply for a septic permit

Need help getting started with Cloudpermit?  A step-by-step guide to help you from login, to submitting your first application is available.

Guide to Cloudpermit

If you are having difficulty using Cloudpermit, please contact the Building Department for assistance at building@saugeenshores.ca or 519-832-2008 ext. 118. You can also access support through Cloudpermit's online portal.

Cloudpermit Support

Once the application has been reviewed and is ready to be issued, applicants will be notified of application fees owing via Cloudpermit. Cheques can be dropped off at the municipal office (600 Tomlinson Drive, Port Elgin) drop box located to the left of the Plex entrance. Once payment is received, the building permit will be issued on Cloudpermit.

Septic permit fees

  • Class 2, 3, 4 or 5 New or Replacement System: $644.23
  • Class 4 or 5 Tank Replacement Only: $336.12
  • Class 4 Leaching Bed Repair: $336.12
  • Demolition/Decommission Permit: $151.25

View our list of fees for more information. See our methods of payment accepted.