sewage treatment plant planning permission

Septic Tank Planning Permission

Do I require planning permission for a new septic tank or repairing an existing one?

Yes. Our advice is check with your local planning department but usually a new septic tank will require planning permission. Under normal circumstances, completely new septic tanks for new properties or developments will be included within the main planning approval for the new build project. The new septic tank will need to be installed in accordance with Building Regulations. If the new septic tank is replacing an existing system then Full Planning Permission may not be required, instead the work can be carried out under a Building Notice only, meeting the requirements of Building Regulations. It does not matter when your original tank was installed!

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what is a drainage field

Septic Tank Drainage Fields and Soakaways

What are septic tank drainage fields?

Septic tank drainage fields are an integral part of a septic system. Often incorrectly called soakaways, a drainage field is much more than just a soakaway. A drainage field is a specifically designed arrangement of perforated pipework, laid in trenches to allow the effluent to filter into the ground. They are designed to ensure aerobic contact between effluent and the subsoil. Drainage fields need to be designed to individual requirements taking into consideration ground conditions, flows, property boundaries and many more factors.

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septic tank problems

Septic Tank Problems?

Do you have septic tank problems?

Septic tank problems such as blocked soakaways, collapsed tanks or systems that are just old and not working can be a real headache if you don’t understand. DJ Wilkinson can help you and give you friendly advice on all of your off mains drainage problems.

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septic tank regulations

Septic Tank Regulations

Do you know what the septic tank regulations are?

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

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.

As an operator of a septic tank or sewage treatment plant if you don’t you comply with the General Binding Rules you still need a permit. If you require a permit and do not have one enforcement action will be taken against you.

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Percolation tests

Percolation Test

What is a percolation test?

A  percolation test is a test to determine the absorption rate of soil for surface water soakaways or septic drainage fields. There are two common types of percolation test, they are different and not to be confused.

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