Sewerage Treatment System Compliance

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Whilst many properties benefit from a mains sewerage connection, older properties and those that are located in isolated and rural areas tend to have a septic tank or sewerage treatment plant. These systems are relatively easy to maintain when regular emptying and maintenance occurs, however, issues can arise when a property comes to be sold should the septic tank not be compliant with the ‘General Binding Rules: small sewerage discharge to a surface water’.

The Government website states that “If you are buying or selling a property with a septic tank that discharges directly to a watercourse, you should agree with the buyer or seller who will be responsible for the replacement or upgrade of the existing treatment system. You should agree this as a condition of sale.”

In relation to specifically sewage treatment systems: “If you sell your property, you must tell the new operator (the owner or person responsible for the sewage treatment plant) in writing that a sewage discharge is in place. Include:

  • a description of the treatment plant and drainage system
  • the location of the main parts of the treatment plant, drainage system and discharge point
  • details of any changes made to the treatment plant and drainage system
  • details of how the treatment plant should be maintained, and the maintenance manual if you have one
  • maintenance records if you have them” 

Therefore, it is essential as a vendor to be aware of the rules that you must comply to, and to be proactive in ensuring that your sewerage treatment system is up to date with the current regulations or in advising the Agent of any potential issues in advance. This will ensure that any potential sale may proceed unimpeded by issues down the line with sewerage treatment system non-compliance.

Should you be considering placing your property on the market, or for further information regarding sewerage treatment system compliance, contact our Sales team for some friendly advice today.


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