Septic Tank Registration


The Environment Agency has presently decided with Govt to carry out a review to see if they can further simplify the system for small
domestic sewage systems, although the exemption is considered to bseptic_tanke the lightest touch way of dealing with the EU Directive. When the review is completed, it may remain a requirement to register for an exemption or some other form of notification, as it is a requirement under the EU Water Framework Directive.

Presently the EA has suspended the requirement, although they are still accepting registrations and status of the review remains outstanding. If the system of notification is in some way changed, it is normal EA policy to carry over e.g. presently accepted notifications and granted exemptions, to any new system.
The EA still requires septic tanks to be operated and managed correctly pending completion of the review.

It is still possible to register your septic tank system:

To register your system and obtain a Discharge Permit Exemption, go to:

Full guidance and any update on the requirement to register is given on this Environment Agency page 

For registration go down the page to: Step 3 register your sewage discharge - Begin the on-line registration process OR download the WORD.doc form : 

Save the form file to your computer (check your DOWNLOADS folder). It can be filled in, when opened, by tabbing through the form and typing. When completed, email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Print off the blank form and complete in ink.
When completed send to: Environment Agency, Quadrant 2, 99 Parkway Avenue, Parkway Business Park, Sheffield, S9 4WF.