Registering Your Septic Tank Print

ImageEnvironment Agency regulations on registering septic tanks have changed since the article in the September edition of the parish magazine went to press.

There was a requirement to register your system with the agency by the end of this year. This is now under review and the deadline has been removed.

The lastest information can be found on the agency website at www.environment-agency.gov.uk under the "Homes and Leisure" section and it will be necessary for householders with septic tanks to check for future developments.

In the meantime, the agency's position is as follows:

"The requirement to register small domestic sewage discharges from septic tanks and package sewage treatment plants has changed in England. The requirement to register was a result of regulations made in 2010 by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Welsh Government, as part of the implementation of the European Union Water Framework Directive. Registration was considered to provide the lightest touch approach to meet legal obligations.However, we are now undertaking a joint review with Government on the requirement to register small domestic sewage discharges in England, details of which will be announced in the next few weeks.   

While the review is underway, we will not require the registration of small domestic sewage discharges, including septic tanks, in England - although householders can still register if they wish."




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