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Ontario Water Resources Act
Loi sur les ressources en eau de l’Ontario

ONTARIO REGULATION 525/98

APPROVAL EXEMPTIONS

Historical version for the period June 30, 2003 to July 25, 2007.

Last amendment: O. Reg. 272/03.

This Regulation is made in English only.

1. In this Regulation,

“appurtenance” includes a valve, valve chamber, hydrant, hydrant lead, flow meter, curb stop, maintenance access point, maintenance hole, manhole, grate, catch basin, catch basin lead, ditch inlet chamber or other minor accessory part of a watermain or sewer;

“combined sewer” means a sewer that is intended to function simultaneously as a storm sewer and a sanitary sewer;

“industrial land” means land used for the production, processing, repair, maintenance or storage of goods or materials, or the processing, storage, transfer or disposal of waste, but does not include land used primarily for the purpose of buying or selling,

(a) goods or materials other than fuel, or

(b) services other than vehicle repair services;

“sanitary sewer” means a sewer for the collection and transmission of residential, commercial, institutional or industrial sewage, or any combination thereof;

“service connection” means the pipe portion of a water or sewage works that extends from a watermain or sewer to the property line of a property serviced by the watermain or sewer;

“sewer” means any system of pipes, drains and appurtenances used for the collection or transmission of sewage, but does not include plumbing to which the Building Code Act, 1992 applies or a pumping facility;

“storm sewer” means a sewer for the collection and transmission of storm water drainage;

“storm water” means rainwater runoff, water runoff from roofs, snowmelt and surface runoff;

“storm water management facility” means a facility for the treatment, retention, infiltration or control of storm water;

“watermain” means any system of pipes and appurtenances used for the transmission or distribution of potable water, but does not include plumbing to which the Building Code Act, 1992 applies or a pumping facility. O. Reg. 525/98, s. 1.

1.1 Section 52 of the Act does not apply to the following water works:

1. A water works that is a municipal drinking-water system within the meaning of the Safe Drinking Water Act, 2002.

2. A water works that is a non-municipal drinking-water system within the meaning of the Safe Drinking Water Act, 2002. O. Reg. 174/03, s. 1.

2. (1) Subsections 52 (1) and (3) and 53 (1) and (3) of the Act do not apply to:

1. The establishment, alteration, extension or replacement of or a change in a service connection.

2. The establishment, alteration, extension or replacement of or a change in an appurtenance of a watermain or sewer, if the appurtenance does not disrupt the operation of the water or sewage works of which the watermain or sewer is a part.

3. The relining of a watermain or sewer if the new lining does not disrupt the operation of the water or sewage works of which the watermain or sewer is a part.

4. The replacement of an existing watermain or sewer with a new watermain or sewer that has similar dimensions and performance criteria and that is in the same or approximately the same location, if the existing watermain or sewer was established, altered or extended in accordance with an approval granted by a Director. O. Reg. 525/98, s. 2 (1).

(2) This section does not apply to the establishment, alteration, extension or replacement of or a change in a combined sewer or any part of a combined sewer. O. Reg. 525/98, s. 2 (2).

3. Subsections 53 (1) and (3) of the Act do not apply to the establishment, alteration, extension or replacement of or a change in a storm water management facility that,

(a) is designed to service one lot or parcel of land;

(b) discharges into a storm sewer that is not a combined sewer;

(c) does not service industrial land or a structure located on industrial land; and

(d) is not located on industrial land. O. Reg. 525/98, s. 3.

3.1 Subsections 53 (1) and (3) of the Act do not apply to a sewage works that is part of a large municipal residential system or a small municipal residential system, as those systems are defined in Ontario Regulation 170/03 (Drinking-Water Systems) made under the Safe Drinking Water Act, 2002. O. Reg. 272/03, s. 1.

4. An exemption under this Regulation from subsection 52 (1) or (3) or 53 (1) or (3) of the Act does not relieve a person of any other legal duty or obligation, including a duty or obligation arising under an existing approval. O. Reg. 525/98, s. 4.