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Authorized Persons

Only an authorized person can carry out maintenance, installation and site assessments on septic systems installed or upgraded after May 30, 2005. Authorized persons are defined under the Sewerage System Regulation as: Registered Practitioners or Professionals. The Sewerage System Regulation covers on-site wastewater systems which process sewage flow less than 22,700 litre.

Registered Practitioners

Registered Practitioners have completed an approved education and training program and are registered with the Applied Science Technologists & Technicians of British Columbia (ASTTBC). Registered Practitioners are authorized to construct and maintain Type 1 and 2 systems under 9,100 L/day.

For a list of registered practitioners visit the ASTTBC Onsite Wastewater Registration Program.


Professionals are registered with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC (APEG BC), and have been assessed for training and experience. Professionals have training in soil analysis and sewerage system construction and maintenance. They are authorized to construct and maintain, and supervise construction or maintenance of, all types of systems.

For a list of professionals visit Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC (APEG BC).

All information is general in nature and is not intended to be used as a substitute for appropriate professional advice.


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For more information, please contact
Wastewater Services:

RDN WasteWater

Nanaimo Area: (250) 390-6560
Parksville/Qualicum Beach Area:
(250) 954-3792
Toll Free in BC: 1-877-607-4111
Fax: (250) 390-1542
E-mail: rcu@rdn.bc.ca

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