Environmental Permitting Regulations 2016—domestic septic tanks and small sewage treatment plants
Environmental Permitting Regulations 2016—domestic septic tanks and small sewage treatment plants

The following Environment practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Environmental Permitting Regulations 2016—domestic septic tanks and small sewage treatment plants
  • The need for environmental protection
  • Exemption for small domestic sewage discharges
  • Requirements to qualify for an exemption
  • General binding rules
  • Conveyancing issues

Coronavirus (COVID-19): To help businesses cope with the disruption caused by Coronavirus, COVID-19, the Environment Agency (EA) has published a series of temporary COVID-19 Regulatory Position Statements (RPSs). COVID-19 RPSs are intended to minimise risks to the environment and human health where compliance with certain regulatory requirements is not possible due to COVID-19. They also cover specific circumstances where the EA have temporarily amended normal regulatory requirements. COVID-19 RPSs have been issued in several sectors including waste management, water industry and agriculture. Each COVID-19 RPS sets out the circumstances in which it applies and the conditions that must be complied with. If the conditions are complied with, including requirements to notify the EA or to obtain approval to use the COVID-19 RPS, then the EA will not normally take enforcement action. For more information on COVID-19 RPSs, see Q&A: What does coronavirus (COVID-19) mean for environmental compliance in areas such as environmental permitting?

The need for environmental protection

Septic tanks and small sewage treatment plants are wastewater systems for domestic sewage that are used when properties are not connected to the mains sewage network.

Homes and businesses must connect to a public sewer if they are located within 30 metres of the mains sewer, or the equivalent distance for a development of more than one property (eg 90 metres from a public sewer is there is a

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