Statutory guidance

Small sewage discharges in England: the general binding rules

General binding rules for small sewage discharges from septic tanks or sewage treatment plants in England.

Applies to England



The general binding rules set out the conditions in the Environmental Permitting Regulations 2016 that allow you to use a septic tank or sewage treatment plant without an environmental permit. This publication summarises these rules.

Find out how to follow the general binding rules if you are the operator of a septic tank or small sewage treatment plant.

Published 23 March 2023
Last updated 2 October 2023 + show all updates
  1. Updated the publication so it just gives the general binding rules that apply from 2 October 2023.

  2. First published.

  3. Added information on the general binding rules that will apply from 2 October 2023.