Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland
An individual septic tank serving a household, if it is properly maintained doesn’t pose a great threat to the environment. Where there are a lot of septic tanks, the combined discharges can have an effect on the quality of groundwater and of watercourses that pass through the area.
Your environmental regulator needs to know where they are located and how many there are. This is in order to make decisions about whether allowing other activities, or discharges, will cause pollution problems for groundwater, streams or rivers or lochs/loughs.
You can check if your tank has already been registered by contacting your environmental regulator. If you are unsure then it is best to check and avoid making an unnecessary payment. The NIEA and SEPA have records of all registered septic tanks.
If your tank is not registered then you must register it with your environmental regulator.
In Northern Ireland you should visit the Northern Ireland Environment Agency website for an application form and guidance documents.
NIEA has launched an online service for the registration of septic tanks. You can find the online platform at:
You can find information about septic tank discharges, and a link to the online service at:
In Scotland you should visit the SEPA website. You can register online or by post:
You can apply online if the system:
Register your septic tank
SEPA Special Waste Consignment Notes – updated position, The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is now accepting special waste consignment notes (SWCNs) by email only.
DAERA Waste Policy Tracker, The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs has published a Waste policy tracker to stay informed of waste policy developments.
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