There is more than one online form available for this licence:
- Application for consent to discharge sewage effluent from a single domestic dwelling
- Application for a water discharge consent
Under the Water (Northern Ireland) Order 1999, the consent of the Department of Environment is required to discharge any trade or sewage effluent (including site drainage liable to contamination) from commercial, industrial or domestic premises into waterways or water contained in any underground strata. Discharge consents include conditions stipulating the quality and quantity of effluent that can be discharged. The conditions will be formulated to ensure that the discharge can be sustained by the receiving waterway without damaging the aquatic environment or breaching national or European Commission (EC) standards. The Industrial and Domestic Consent Section of NIEA Water Management Unit is responsible for the issue of discharge consents, and assessing compliance against the conditions contained within them, taking appropriate enforcement action as required.