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What requirements come into force in January 2020 requiring replacement of septic tanks with local sewerage treatment plants? Where the septic tank is on third party land what is the extent of the right to enter onto a neighbour’s land and the scope of the works which may then be carried out where there is the benefit of a covenant which allows the user of the tank to ‘replace, renew and maintain’ the tank?

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Published on LexisPSL on 16/10/2019

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  • What requirements come into force in January 2020 requiring replacement of septic tanks with local sewerage treatment plants? Where the septic tank is on third party land what is the extent of the right to enter onto a neighbour’s land and the scope of the works which may then be carried out where there is the benefit of a covenant which allows the user of the tank to ‘replace, renew and maintain’ the tank?
  • Discharges to surface water
  • Discharge to the ground
  • Carrying out the works

What requirements come into force in January 2020 requiring replacement of septic tanks with local sewerage treatment plants? Where the septic tank is on third party land what is the extent of the right to enter onto a neighbour’s land and the scope of the works which may then be carried out where there is the benefit of a covenant which allows the user of the tank to ‘replace, renew and maintain’ the tank?

We assume that this Q&A is referring to changes made by the general binding rules concerning discharges from septic tanks to surface water.

New regulations, the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales)(Amendment)(England) Regulations 2014 came into effect in January 2015 to simplify the laws controlling small sewage discharges from septic tanks and small sewage treatment plants in England.

The general binding rules set out the conditions in the regulations that allow a septic tank or sewage treatment plant to be used without an environmental permit.

See generally guidance: Septic tanks and treatment plants: permits and general binding rules.

The general binding rules include rules on

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