Failure to register your Septic Tank by 1st February 2013, will mean that you are not eligible for Grant Aid should your Septic Tank fail an inspection and require remedial work. Grants of up to €4,000 are available depending on your household income.
Householders can now register their Septic Tanks/domestic wastewater treatment systems with the water services authority in whose functional area the systems are located. (Local Council)
This includes owners of properties which are let, whether private landlords or local authorities etc. and employers who provide living accommodation to employees. Where an owner is unable to register, for example due to physical or mental incapacity, registration on their behalf should be made by the next-of-kin, legal representative or other authorised or appropriate person.
All residential premises, including buildings, caravans and mobile homes or other structures connected to a domestic wastewater treatment system must be registered. This includes properties purchased under the Shared Ownership Scheme and also unoccupied properties.
How to Register:
Online - www.protectourwater.ie - by credit card/debit card.
By Post: Registration forms are available online;
City/County Councils; Libraries; Citizen Information Centres or Lo Call 1890 800 800.
Form can be downloaded here.
Payment can be made by cheque, postal order or bank draft and made payable to “Protect Our Water". Send your form with payment to: Protect Our Water, P.O Box 12204, Dublin 7.
Local Authority Offices: Payment by credit or debit card or by cheque, postal order, bank draft or cash can be made in your City or County Council office (no administration fee will be charged by the Council for this).
Owners of domestic wastewater treatment systems have until 01/02/2013 to register and pay fee.
If you don’t register your system, you are committing an offence. Local authorities will be responsible for following-up cases of non-compliance. The maximum penalty for an individual who commits an offence under the legislation is a fine of €5,000. Failure to register will also mean that you will not be eligible for Grant Aid should your Septic Tank fail an Inspection and require remedial works.
There are no exemptions for private households. However, owners of properties connected to larger on-site systems which discharge in excess of 5 cubic metres per day do not need to register. Such systems, which serve sports clubs, pubs, hotels, guesthouses and other businesses require a licence from the relevant local authority under Section 4 of the Water Pollution Act 1997.
Details needed to Register:
You will be asked for the following information when registering:
- your name,
- your email address (if registering online),
- your address for correspondence purposes,
- MPRN Number
- the address of the property connected to a domestic wastewater treatment system (if different to your correspondence address)
- credit or debit card details for payment
If registering online, you will also be asked to create a password so that you can access your account in the future. These details must be provided or you will be unable to complete the registration process.
You will also be asked for information such as your telephone number and the Meter Point Reference Number (MPRN) for the property connected to the domestic wastewater treatment system.
How long does a Certificate last:
Your certificate of registration is valid for five years and the date of expiry will appear on the certificate. Re-registration after five years is necessary as the first registration is intended to identify only the ownership and location of domestic wastewater treatment systems. It is expected that over the coming years, public information campaigns will help you learn more about your system and you will be better placed to provide more information regarding it when you re-register. There will be no fee payable for second or subsequent registrations.