Consultation outcome

Small sewage discharges: new approach to how we regulate in England

This consultation was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

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Detail of outcome

Following consideration of respondents’ views, we plan to implement the proposed simpler regulatory approach. This will control small sewage discharges from septic tanks and small sewage treatment plants in England. The new approach will include general binding rules, which will replace the existing registration scheme and conditions. It will be a more risk-based approach to permitting in sensitive areas.

Detail of feedback received

We received 120 responses to this consultation.

Original consultation

This consultation ran from to


Seeking views on changing how we regulate small domestic sewage discharges from septic tanks and small sewage treatment plants in England.

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Consultation description

We want to know what you think about our proposals for a new approach to regulating discharges from septic tanks or small sewage treatment plants.

We are proposing a simpler and more risk-based approach to controlling these types of discharges in England.

The proposals would remove administrative burdens on over 400,000 rural households and businesses who have septic tanks or small sewage treatment plants whilst keeping the necessary controls to prevent pollution, protect public health, improve drinking water supplies and protect sensitive habitats.

13 May 2014: The original email address for queries and responses to this consultation is no longer working. Please use for any further queries or responses.