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Monday 4th April 2011
04/04/2011 - Private drainage - are you prepared for the changes?

On 1st January 2012 new laws come into force requiring householders with a septic tank or sewage treatment plant to register the same with the Environment Agency.

David Wallis, Partner and head of residential conveyancing says:-

“As with many new laws, householders are often unaware of their existence and impact until they come to sell their home and find their sale delayed or faced with additional costs to comply. This is certainly the case with the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010 which have introduced a legal requirement on all homeowners with a septic tank or sewage treatment plant to register the same with the Environment Agency before 1st January 2012. Homeowners will need to apply for an exemption or a permit depending on the size of the system.

Most systems will be eligible for an exemption but an application still has to be made. The application process for an exemption is free but can take several months for the homeowner to be issued with the necessary paperwork. There are a number of conditions that have to be satisfied to secure an exemption and if these are not satisfied then a formal permit must be applied for.

Over the forthcoming months people will become more aware of the changes and a buyer may well soon insist on the seller securing an exemption before agreeing to proceed. This could delay a sale and sellers would be well advised to make their application sooner rather than later.

For further advice on this subject then please contact our residential conveyancing department on 01752 203500.”


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