Sewage disposal systems in the Yukon

If your property is not connected to the city sewer, you may need to install an on-site sewage system. Here's a brief guide on how to get started with your permit application.

Who can design the septic system?

The homeowner, a contractor or an engineering consultant can design the septic system. Our design specifications give details on how to design and maintain these systems.

If your design is different from our guidelines it must be engineered by a professional.

You must get your permit before installing any part of the sewage disposal system.

Do you need a permit?

You'll need a sewage disposal system permit if your property is:

  • not connected to the city sewer system; or
  • not authorized under the Yukon Waters Act.

Applying for a sewage disposal system permit

Follow these steps to apply for a sewage disposal system permit:

  1. Prepare your site plan. Include a drawing showing;
    • the septic tank;
    • absorption system; and
    • distances between all components, structures and boundaries.
  2. Collect soil samples: gather an 8-cup soil sample from the percolation test hole. This is where the installation of the soil absorption system will take place.
  3. Design your system: ensure that your design meets the required specifications. Homeowners, contractors or engineering consultants can design the system. Engineers or technical experts must create any designs different from our guidelines.
  4. Download the sewage disposal system permit application form.
  5. Submit your application:
    • Online: log into our sewage disposal permit application system and upload your documents.
    • In person: deliver your application to Environmental Health Services, #2 Hospital Road, Whitehorse.
    • By mail: send your application to the following address:
                      Environmental Health Services
                      Government of Yukon
                      Box 2703, Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 2C6.
    • By email: Send to Send to
    • By fax: fax to 867-667-8322.
  6. Pay the application fee: after approval, pay the $50 fee by cheque, cash, debit card, credit card, or over the phone.

For more detailed information on each step, including required documents and design specifications, visit the application guide for sewage disposal system.

Other resources

Design specifications for sewage disposal systems

Application for a permit to install a sewage disposal system

Notification of abandonment and reclamation of a sewage disposal system

Electrical assurance form for sewage pump-up systems

Electrical assurance for sewage holding tanks

Notification of installation and undertaking to maintain a sewage holding tank

Septic tank and sewage holding tank installation declaration

Notification of installation and maintenance of septic tank and soil absorption system

Application for approval to use a sewage disposal system

Application for permission to retain a sewage disposal system


If you have questions, email or phone 867-667-8391. Phone toll free in the Yukon 1-800-661-0408, extension 8391.