Trade effluent consents and agreements—when are they required?
Produced in partnership with Begonia Filgueira of Foot Anstey
Trade effluent consents and agreements—when are they required?

The following Environment guidance note Produced in partnership with Begonia Filgueira of Foot Anstey provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Trade effluent consents and agreements—when are they required?
  • Brexit impact
  • Consent or agreement
  • What trade effluent cannot normally go to the public sewer?
  • Treating effluent on site
  • Waste water treatment

Brexit impact

As of exit day (31 January 2020) the UK is no longer an EU Member State. However, in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK has entered an implementation period, during which it continues to be subject to EU law. This has an impact on this content.

For further guidance, see Practice Note: Brexit—impact on environmental law and News Analysis: Brexit Bulletin—key updates, research tips and resources.

Consent or agreement

A consent, or an agreement, needs to be entered into with a local water and sewerage company, in order to discharge liquid effluent from trade or industrial premises into:

  1. a public foul sewer

  2. a private sewer that connects to a public foul sewer

For a list of all UK and water and sewerage undertakers see Water UK.

Agricultural holdings, horticulture business, fish farms and those premises used for scientific or experimental purposes are deemed to be premises for carr