More than 80 septic system installers met with NBMCA staff at the Parry Sound Canadore College campus today for up-to-date industry info.

(North Bay, April 8, 2019)  The North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority (NBMCA) hosted more than 80 area on-site sewage (septic) system installers in Parry Sound today to share up-to-date information regarding septic permits, applications, and changes to the Ontario Building Code in preparation for the upcoming construction season.

“If the installers know what is needed in an application and they come to us with the right information up front, it will help avoid delays in the review and approval of permits for property owners.  It will help improve the process,” said Robin Allen, area supervisor for NBMCA’s on-site sewage program.

NBMCA's on-site sewage system program is designed to protect the environment and people’s health and safety by regulating and ensuring that private on-site sewage systems are installed, replaced and maintained in compliance with the Ontario Building Code (OBC).

The OBC designates NBMCA as the permitting authority within the Parry Sound District (with the exception of the Township of the Archipelago) and the Nipissing District. 

The meeting was also an opportunity for installers to meet several manufacturers, ask questions and learn more about changing technology in sewage treatment systems.

 “We’ve updated our website and made the new stream-lined application forms, guide and information sheets available online for installers, contractors and the general public.   There’s also information regarding the inspection process, the fee schedule, and instructions on how to obtain historic information about an existing septic system,” said Paula Scott, Director of Planning and Development.

NBMCA provides a variety of services related to on-site sewage systems including permitting, file reviews for expansions or renovations to existing structures, investigation of concerns regarding malfunctioning sewage systems, re-inspection programs in partnership with municipalities, and responses to legal inquiries for information requested by realtors and lawyers on behalf of new and prospective property owners.

 “We have records for more than 42,000 on-site sewage systems within Nipissing and Parry Sound Districts going back as far as 1972. Property owners, lawyers and realtors can apply to obtain information on the status of permits, work orders, and occurrences for an existing septic system,” added Scott.

If the public has questions about septic permits and inspections, they can contact NBMCA Parry Sound office at 705-746-7566 or email   A second event for Nipissing District installers will be held in South River on April 25.

The North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority (NBMCA) was founded in 1972 by the Province of Ontario and the NBMCA’s 10 member municipalities. A non-profit organization, the NBMCA works closely with the public to balance human needs with the environmental needs of the region’s watershed. The NBMCA is one of 36 Conservation Authorities who are members of Conservation Ontario.



For more information, contact: 

Paula Scott, Director, Planning & Development                              (705) 474-5420   ext. 2007
Sue Buckle, Manager, Communications & Outreach                        (705) 474-5420   ext. 2010