Septic Tank Regulations
A new law was passed 48 hours ago. It is called Retrospective Planning Approval.
What it means is this. Every tank that was installed before the 1st January 2015 will now need planning approval. This is not the same as planning permission. It does not matter if your tank or drainage system was given planning permission in the past. Every septic tank owner in the UK must now apply to the local council for Retrospective Planning Approval. Each application will cost £350. Once you have applied a Government inspector will visit your home and ask you for information about your tank.
They will ask questions such as…
Where is your tank located? What’s the size of it? What it made from? What repairs have you had done? What’s it’s age? Based on the information you give them will determine whether your tank will pass or fail. According to recent reports 60% – 70% of all septic tanks inspected in the UK will fail.
Now, at this point you have 2 options. You can dig out your emptying receipts to try and find the answers. You could pay £350 to apply for retrospective planning permission and spend hours filling the forms out. Or you could choose option 3 and just get yourself a Free Government compliance form from me.
Just download the government compliance form for free and then print off as many copies as you want. Fill the form in and had one form to your solicitor and put one on display in your kitchen. This form will tell the Government inspectors everything they need to know.
To get your free government compliance form Click Here
Or visit the.Gov website and see all the information about the general binding rules here
As a child I lived in a house that had a cast iron lid at the bottom of the garden. Occasionally I would sneak down the garden and lift this lid and strain my eyes as I peered into the darkness. Through the shafts of light, I was horrified to discover a heaving mass of worms squirming away in the semi darkness. This living organic sewage system amazed and fascinated me, and my dad said it was called a septic tank!
20 years later, I got married and moved into a Victorian terraced cottage. I was one of 4 properties which shared tank with our neighbour. The tank developed a problem and it had to be emptied once a week at the cost of £360. Because the neighbour didn’t get on with anyone, he couldn’t be reasoned with and it was now costing each property £90 a week to get this tank emptied each week. This went on for about a year and the situation started to make my wife and I ill.
I contacted the council and various other agencies, but no one could help. We tried to sell our house, but no one would buy it under these conditions. The situation seemed hopeless. That was until I contacted a sewage consultant. He advised me that the only way out of this dilemma was to install my own septic tank. His advice was amazing. After lots of research I installed my very own septic tank and soakaway a few months later. The feeling was incredible. Seeing what I had done, Jim my next door approached me the following week and asked if I could install a tank for him too.
Since then, I have been helping other people up and down the country fix their septic tank problems.
I want to help you too.
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