Septic and Wells

Rural properties within Greater Napanee are typically serviced by private wells and onsite sewage treatment systems.

Septic Systems

Want to learn how your septic system works? Check out the Septic System Basics from the Ontario Onsite Wastewater Association.

Additional resources to learn more:

Sewage System Permits 
Instructions and Application for a Permit to Install a Sewage System

Please read the following instructions for completing an Application for a Permit to Install a Sewage System

1. Complete the application in full:

  • This smart form will automatically populate most calculations
  • Submit your signatures electronically
  • Sewage System Designs can be cut and pasted onto the design page or attached as a sperate document
  • Review the application to ensure it is completed in full
  • Save a copy of the application to your desktop

2. Submitting the application:

  • Print your application, then mail or hand delivered to:

      45 Commercial Court, Napanee, ON K7R 4A2

3. Payment:

  • Payment can be made in person via cheque, cash or debit.
  • Payment by cheque can also be mailed (payable to the Town of Greater Napanee)

4. Process:

  • Once an application is submitted in full an inspector will contact you within 10 business days to arrange an initial site visit.
  • An initial site visit will take place to view the test holes, determine the height of the system above grade and ensure the placement of the sewage system meets the Ontario Building Code requirements.
  • The inspector will issue a permit to install the sewage system to the applicant.
  • Call the inspector for an inspection at least 3 days prior to requiring one.
  • A final inspection will be done when the sewage system is installed but not covered.
  • A final grading inspection will be done once the sewage system has been backfilled, the slopes stabilized, and the system has been seeded.
  • Final paperwork will be mailed to the owner. 

 If you have any questions, please contact Patricia Vienneau at 343-302-5269.

Sewage System Fees
Septic Install, Approval and Inspection

To find out more information about installing a septic system and to find the proper permits needed, please see our Building Permits page.


 Septic System Dos and Don'ts


  • Maintain your system and pump the tank regularly
  • Repair leaky plumbing fixtures
  • Clean your effluent filter at least twice per year
  • Ensure that the tank and leaching bed have erosion control (grass)


  • Flush cleaning wipes (dispose of in the garbage)
  • Drive over the leaching bed (or park on it)
  • Plant deep-rooted trees or shrubs in the vicinity of the system
  • Build over the tank or leaching bed with hard surfaces

Private Wells

Free Well Water Testing

 Find out about sampling your private well water for bacteria by contacting the Health Unit at 613-354-3357.

New Well Installation

Be sure to use a licenced well contractor approved by the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks to drill and install a new well. 

Well Records

To obtain a copy of the official well record for your property, visit the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks website or call 1-888-396-WELL (9355). 

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