Environmental Issues

Septic Tank Information and Advice

Water Quality Management

Domestic Waste Water Treatment Systems (Septic Tanks) must be registered.

The EPA are consulting on the Code of Practice for Wastewater Treatment and Disposal Systems Serving Single Houses. The Code covers site assessment, installation, and operation of septic tanks and other domestic waste water treatment systems. The building regulations and planning control system require compliance with it. It is therefore of interest to prospective rural dwellers, consultants/engineers, planners and others involved in the domestic waste water treatment sector. (This public consultation ends 22 March 2019).

By law, all owners of premises connected to a domestic wastewater treatment system must register their systems by 1 February 2013. The registration fee is €50.

Application forms are available online on www.protectourwater.ie and in Council offices and libraries and Citizens Information Centres.

Once a system is registered, owners need to renew their registration every five years, at no cost. Registration of domestic water treatment systems and septic tanks will allow inspections to check that systems are working properly so that water supplies above and below ground can be protected from the risks posed by systems that aren’t working properly. It is intended that the revenue raised from registration will be used by the water services authorities to manage the registers and to meet the cost of having inspections carried out. There will be no inspection charges for households.

Owners of domestic wastewater treatment systems or septic tanks in Fingal can register their system and pay the registration fee in the following ways:

  • Online at www.protectourwater.ie
  • By forwarding completed application forms along with cheque or payment details for the registration fee (no cash) to:
    Protect our Water 
    PO Box 12204 
    Dublin 7

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