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How do I register a septic tank?

I have just heard that the requirement to register domestic sewage discharges from septic tanks is changing in England. I know that my future home, still under construction, will use a septic tank to deal with my family’s domestic sewage because it won’t be connected to the public sewerage system. I am not sure if and when this system have to be registered, but I already know that all treatment systems whose construction was started after the 6 April 2010 are considered now a new discharge. Does anyone have more precise information about how the registration process works?

Sun, 25/11/2012 - 19:06

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It depends where is your property exactly located. If it is in Wales and has a septic tank or package sewage treatment plant, it must be registered with the Environment Agency. You can easily do it either online or by email (sending the paper application form downloaded from the website of the agency and duly filled out), but the first option still remains the quickest, as online applications will be processed much faster as the process is automated, whereas applying on paper will take more time.

Mon, 26/11/2012 - 13:36

If you live in England, the registration is free and a one-off, exempt from the need for an environmental permit and only subject to certain criteria, such as the fact that septic tank discharges into a soakaway in the ground, and the property or properties has less than nine people living there.

Thu, 29/11/2012 - 09:13

You should also consider that if your discharge to surface water is straight from a septic tank, you will either need to apply for an environmental permit, referring to the UK Environment Agency’s groundwater specific guidance, or install better treatment for the sewage. The latter could include installing a sewage treatment plant. 

Sun, 02/12/2012 - 16:41

It depends where is your property exactly located. If it is in Wales and has a septic tank or package sewage treatment plant, it must be registered with the Environment Agency. You can easily do it either online or by email (sending the paper application form downloaded from the website of the agency and duly filled out), but the first option still remains the quickest, as online applications will be processed much faster as the process is automated, whereas applying on paper will take more time.

Mon, 26/11/2012 - 13:36

If you live in England, the registration is free and a one-off, exempt from the need for an environmental permit and only subject to certain criteria, such as the fact that septic tank discharges into a soakaway in the ground, and the property or properties has less than nine people living there.

Thu, 29/11/2012 - 09:13

You should also consider that if your discharge to surface water is straight from a septic tank, you will either need to apply for an environmental permit, referring to the UK Environment Agency’s groundwater specific guidance, or install better treatment for the sewage. The latter could include installing a sewage treatment plant. 

Sun, 02/12/2012 - 16:41
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