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In the context of a purchase of a commercial property with a shared private drainage system and a septic tank: what enquiries should be asked of the seller? Should any enquiries be raised of the water company? Are there any permits or other requirements for the operation of a septic tank?

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Published on LexisPSL on 11/06/2018

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  • In the context of a purchase of a commercial property with a shared private drainage system and a septic tank: what enquiries should be asked of the seller? Should any enquiries be raised of the water company? Are there any permits or other requirements for the operation of a septic tank?

In the context of a purchase of a commercial property with a shared private drainage system and a septic tank: what enquiries should be asked of the seller? Should any enquiries be raised of the water company? Are there any permits or other requirements for the operation of a septic tank?

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, but via a private drainage system. (See Defra consultation reform of regulatory system to control SSDs). When buying or selling property, in addition to the usual Commercial Property Standard Enquiries and water and environmental searches, specific queries in relation to the septic tank and private drainage system should include:

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