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On-site sewage systems syllabus

The Building Code

The exam covers the following sections of the Building Code.
A – Compliance, Objectives and Functional Statements, as follows:

  • Part 1 – Compliance and General, all:
    • except 1.1.3. Building Size Determination, all
    • except 1.3. Interpretation, all
  • Part 2 - Objectives, all
  • Part 3 - Functional Statements, all

B - Acceptable Solutions, as follows:

  • Part 1 - General, only:
    • 1.1. General, only:
      • 1.1.1. Application, all
    • 1.3. Referenced Documents and Organizations, all
  • Part 3 - Fire Protection, Occupant Safety and Accessibility, only:
    • 3.1. General, only:
      • 3.1.17.1. Occupant Load Determination, all
      • 3.1.18. Drainage and Grades, all
    • 3.7. Health Requirements, only:
      • 3.7.4.1. Plumbing and Drainage Systems, all
      • 3.7.4.5. Plumbing Facilities for Dwelling Units, all
    • 3.9. Portable Classrooms, only:
      • 3.9.3.8. Washroom Facilities, all
    • 3.10. Self-Service Storage Buildings, only:
      • 3.10.2.7. Sanitary Facilities, all
    • 3.11. Public Pools, only:
      • 3.11.9.1.(1) to (3) Dressing Rooms and Sanitary Facilities
    • 3.14. Tents and Air-Supported Structures, only:
      • 3.14.1.8. Sanitary Facilities, all
    • 3.17. Additional Requirements for Change of Use, all
  • Part 4 - Structural Design, only:
    • 4.2. Foundations, only:
      • 4.2.5.1. Design of Excavations, all
      • 4.2.5.2. Excavation Construction, all
      • 4.2.5.5. Control of Water Around Excavations, all
      • 4.2.5.7. Protection and Maintenance at Excavations, all
      • 4.2.5.8. Backfilling, all
  • Part 5 - Environmental Separation, only:
    • 5.7. Surface Water, only:
      • 5.7.1.1.(1) Prevention of Accumulation and Ingress
  • Part 7 - Plumbing, only:
    • 7.1. General, only:
      • 7.1.4.2.(1) and (2) Floor Drains
      • 7.1.5.1.(1) Sanitary Drainage Systems
      • 7.1.5.3. Water Distribution Systems, all
      • 7.1.5.5. Private Sewers and Private Water Supply, all
    • 7.2. Materials and Equipment, only:
      • 7.2.1.1. Exposure of Materials, all
      • 7.2.5.10. Plastic Pipe, Fittings and Solvent Cement Used Underground, all
    • 7.3. Piping, only:
      • 7.3.5.1. Backfill Pipe Trench, all
      • 7.3.5.4. Protection from Frost, all
      • 7.3.5.7. Spatial Separation, all
    • 7.4. Drainage Systems, only:
      • 7.4.3.5. Macerating Toilet System, all
      • 7.4.4.1. Sewage Treatment, all
      • 7.4.4.3. Interceptors, all
      • 7.4.5.3. Connection of Subsoil Drainage Pipe to a Sanitary Drainage System, all
      • 7.4.6.3.(1) to (7) Sumps or Tanks
      • 7.4.7.1.(1), (5) and (6) Cleanouts for Drainage Systems
      • 7.4.7.2.(1) and (4) Size and Spacing of Cleanouts
      • 7.4.7.4.(1) and (4) Location of Cleanouts
      • 7.4.8.1. Minimum Slope, all
      • Table 7.4.9.3., Minimum Permitted Size of Fixture Outlet Pipe and Hydraulic Loads for Fixtures, all
      • 7.4.10.2. Hydraulic Loads for Fixtures, all
  • Part 8 - Sewage Systems, all
  • Part 9 - Housing and Small Buildings, only:
    • 9.1. General, only:
      • 9.1.1.1. Scope, all
    • 9.12. Excavation, only:
      • 9.12.1. General, all:
        • except 9.12.1.1.(2) Removal of Topsoil and Organic Matter
    • 9.14. Drainage, only:
      • 9.14.1.1. Application, all
      • 9.14.6.1. Surface Drainage, all
      • 9.14.6.2. Drainage away from Wells or Leaching Beds, all
    • 9.40. Additional Requirements for Change of Use, all
  • Part 11 - Renovation, only:
    • 11.5. Compliance Alternatives, all including Compliance Alternatives listed in Tables 11.5.1.1.A., 11.5.1.1.B., 11.5.1.1.C, 11.5.1.1.D/E and 11.5.1.1.F which cross-reference requirements in the remainder of the Sewage Systems syllabus.

C - Administrative Provisions, as follows:

  • Part 1 - General, only:
    • 1.1. Administration, all
    • 1.2. Design and General Review, only:
      • 1.2.2.1.(2) and (3) General Review by Architect or Professional Engineer
    • 1.3. Permits and Inspections, only:
      • 1.3.1.1. Requirement for Permits, all
      • 1.3.1.3. Period Within Which a Permit is Issued or Refused, all
      • 1.3.1.4.(1) Permits Under Section 10 of the Act
      • 1.3.2. Site Documents, all
      • 1.3.3. Occupancy of Buildings, all
      • 1.3.5. Notices and Inspections, all
      • 1.3.6. As Constructed Plans, all
    • 1.7. Enforcement of the Provisions of the Act and this Code Related to Sewage Systems, all
    • 1.10. Sewage System Maintenance Inspection Programs, all
  • Part 2 - Alternative Solutions, Disputes, Rulings and Interpretations, only:
    • 2.1. Alternative Solutions, all
    • 2.4. Rulings and Interpretations, all

Supplementary Standards

The following Supplementary Standards may be covered in the exam:

  • Supplementary Standard SA-1 - Objectives and Functional Statements Attributed to the Acceptable Solutions
  • Supplementary Standard SB-5 - Approved Sewage Treatment Units
  • Supplementary Standard SB-6 - Percolation Time and Soil Descriptions
Updated: May 25, 2022
Published: July 12, 2019