The unpopular “Septic Tank Charge” was supposed to be paid no later than February 1st 2013 . If homeowners didn’t register before the deadline they could lose out on potential future remediation grants of up to €4000.
Read more about Septic Tank Registration Here .
To try and encourage more people to register – the government announced a new grant scheme .
Septic Tank Grants
The grant scheme is means tested and will provide financial assistance to households whose septic tanks or other waste water treatment system, require remedial work or upgrading following an inspection.
The first condition of eligibility is that the system must have been registered on or before the 1st of February 2013.
The only exception to this are houses that have a treatment system constructed or installed after 1 February 2013 ; in such cases the owners should register their systems within 90 days of the connection of the premises to the treatment system.
The amount of grant available depends on the gross income of the household – but the maximum grant available is €4000 .
For a household with income below €50,000 a year – they can claim back 80% of the approved cost of any work required – up to a maximum of €4,000.
For a household with income between €50,000 and €75000 – they can claim back 50% of the approved cost of any work required – up to a maximum of €2,500.
No assistance is available to any houshold with income over €75000.
For the purposes of this grant scheme, approved cost means the actual cost or the costs estimated by the local authority to be the reasonable costs of carrying out such works, whichever is the lesser.
Inspections began in Summer 2013 and householders will be notified in writing in advance by their local authority if their system is to be inspected . Waste water systems that that have not been registered by 1st February 2013 will also be subject to inspection. No grant will be available to unregistered systems.
If a house with a waste treatment system is sold – then the buyer will be able to apply for grant aid as long as the treatment system serving the property w as originally registered before 1 February 2013.
The grant scheme could result in more pollution because people with old septic tanks will probably do no repairs to them in the hope of failing an inspection and getting a grant.
Only a very small percentage of systems will be inspected -in high risk areas.