The following Environment guidance note Produced in partnership with Begonia Filgueira of Foot Anstey provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:
The owner or occupier of trade premises who wishes to discharge trade effluent into the public sewer of a sewerage undertaker applies via a trade effluent notice served on the undertaker. Water and sewerage undertakers provide application forms and many allow for online applications and provide guidance to guide the applicant through the process. Note, this is different to the environmental permit required by regulators to discharge trade effluent into water courses.WIA 1991, s 119(1)
See Practice Note: Trade effluent consents and agreements—when are they required? for more on when to apply for a trade effluent consent.
For some undertakers (eg Thames Water) the process normally starts by requiring the applicant to make preliminary enquiries to the undertaker, who will then ask for further details together with supporting documentation. Once the information is received the undertaker will consider the information provided and will either refuse or grant the consent in the form of a formal notice sent to the applicant. Where the consent is granted the applicant will need to sign and date this formal notice and return it back to the undertaker who will provide the formal discharge documents.
Other undertakers require the applicant to start the process by service of a trade effluent notice and the undertaker will make further enquiries of what is proposed by the applicant before they make a determination.
The undertaker may grant the consent with or without conditions or reject the application. Examples of conditions include:WIA 1991, ss 121(1) and 122(7)
periods of the day in which the effluent may be discharged
the sewer in which it may be
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