The system for registration of septic tanks and all other domestic waste treatment systems in Ireland has been in place since July 2012.
The original deadline for registration and payment was 1st February 2013 and there is a fee of €50. Registrations are still being accepted – and it is a prosecutable offence not to register.
Figures from the Dept of the Environment say that 445,934 out of an estimated 497,281 systems had been registered by June 2013 . That was about 90%
Grants may be available if a system fails inspection and was registered before 1st Feb – read more here about Septic Tank Grants
Inspections began in the summer of 2013
Who has to Register?
All Domestic wastewater treatment systems have to be registered by the property owners – not just septic tanks.
Domestic wastewater treatment systems include septic tanks, waste water tanks, and treatment systems receiving, storing, treating or disposing of domestic waste water.
It also includes all fittings and percolation areas associated with such tanks and systems and drains used to discharge waste water from a premises, whether or not a receiving tank is present.
Basically – if you own a premises that is not connected to the mains sewerage system you will need to register.
You can register online at the www.protectourwater.ie website – and pay by credit card or debit card. If you own an unoccupied house – it still needs to be registered. Tenants do not need to register – just property owners.
You will be asked for your MPRN number to register – this is the Electricity Meter Point Reference Number on your ESB or Electricity bill. (It is optional)
You can also register and pay at Local Authority Offices where you can pay by cash , credit or debit card , cheque, postal order or bank draft .
Registration forms should also be available from Libraries; Citizen Information Centres or by calling 1890 800 800.
You can call from outside Ireland on 00353-1-2224000.
Forms can be sent in the post along with payment by cheque, postal order or bank draft made payable to “Protect Our Water”.
Registration forms need to be returned : Protect Our Water, P.O Box 12204, Dublin 7.
There are no exemptions. Where an owner is unable to register, for example due to physical or mental incapacity, registration on their behalf should be made by the next-of-kin, legal representative or other authorised or appropriate person.
If you share a single treatment system with other properties – all the property owners still have to register.
Owners of properties connected to larger on-site systems which discharge in excess of 5 cubic metres per day do not need to register. Such systems, which serve sports clubs, pubs, hotels, guesthouses and other businesses already require a licence from the relevant local authority under Section 4 of the Water Pollution Act 1997.
More info on Septic Tank Charges Here