Septic Maintenance Rebate

Septic Maintenance Rebate

< Return to Rebates Status: The 2019 Septic Maintenance Rebate is now full and we are no longer accepting applications. Check back in January 2020.

To date, this program has contributed more than $215,000 to maintain septic systems in the RDN.

Application Forms


To be eligible for a rebate, work must be:

  • For an onsite wastewater treatment system (e.g. septic system) in the RDN.
  • For a property which has not received a similar rebate in previous years.
  • Performed in the 2019 calendar year.
  • On pre-existing systems originally installed before January 1, 2019 OR to repair a malfunctioning system.
  • Performed by an "Authorized Person" as defined by the Sewerage System Regulation.
  • For an eligible category and claimed by December 13, 2019.

Note: New construction and tank pump-outs are not eligible for a rebate.

Rebate Amount

In 2019, the Septic Maintenance Rebate covers 75% of eligible expenses, to a maximum amount or flat rate, as shown below.

Category Rebate Description
1 $200 maximum Replace or Install a Distribution Box with Speed Levelers (pre-existing systems only)
A properly functioning distribution box will maximize the effective lifespan of the drainfield by distributing effluent evenly to each line and preventing any one line from overload. Overloaded distribution lines may lead to a system malfunction.
2 $300 maximum Install Risers (pre-existing systems only)
Risers provide surface access to buried components. If you have risers, you have little to no digging to do hereafter, making future pumping and maintenance much easier.
3 $100 maximum Install an Effluent Filter (pre-existing systems only)
Effluent filters can prolong the life of your system by keeping solids out of the distribution field. Newer systems may already have an effluent filter. It is often possible to retrofit older tanks to house a filter. Important note: Effluent filters must be cleaned regularly.
4 $600
flat rate
Repair a Malfunctioning System
Applies to system repair and replacement with a value of at least $5,000. A copy of a completed Island Health Record of Sewerage System form is required to verify system repair. Cannot be combined with a Category 1, 2 or 3 Rebate.
Bonus $100 maximum Combined eligible rebate maximum increases by up to $100 for 2019 SepticSmart workshop participants. 


How to Apply

STEP 1: Submit Pre-approval Application Form

Since funds are limited, you may apply for pre-approval and reserve funds for eligible work for up to 90 days. Submit your pre-approval application by:

Mail or in person: Wastewater Services, 6300 Hammond Bay Road, Nanaimo, BC, V9T 6N2

Upon pre-approval, the RDN will notify you that funds are reserved for eligible work for up to 90 days. If the preapproval period expires, funds may be reallocated.

STEP 2: Hire an Authorized Person to Perform Qualifying Work

An Authorized Person is a Registered Onsite Wastewater Practitioner (registered through ASTTBC) or a Professional Engineer or Professional Geoscientist (registered through EGBC).

To find a Registered Onsite Wastewater Practitioner:

To find a Professional in your area contact:

Applicants should confirm that contractors meet the definition of an Authorized Person before hiring services. Work must be completed by an Authorized Person to be eligible for a rebate.

OPTIONAL: Attend a Free SepticSmart Workshop

Registration is recommended and attendance is free. 2019 SepticSmart workshop participants are eligible for the Bonus. Attendance must be shown on a 2019 SepticSmart workshop sign-in sheet to be eligible.

STEP 3: Pay Invoice & Submit Your Claim

Claims must be received by December 13, 2019. Late claims may not be processed.

Mail or in person: Wastewater Services, 6300 Hammond Bay Road, Nanaimo, BC, V9T 6N2

Include with your claim:

  1. Rebate Claim Form
  2. Copy of an invoice detailing eligible work
  3. Proof of payment
  4. Category 4 only: Copy of an Island Health Record of Sewerage System verifying system repair

Allow 6 weeks for payment.

SepticSmart Workshops

Date Event Category
May 1, 2019 SepticSmart Workshop - Coombs Wastewater Services
May 2, 2019 SepticSmart Workshop - Cedar Wastewater Services
May 8, 2019 SepticSmart Workshop - Nanaimo Wastewater Services
May 13, 2019 SepticSmart Workshop - Parksville Wastewater Services