How close can a septic tank be to a house?
Here at OMDI, our staff are frequently asked how close a septic tank can be to a house. So our experts have written this guide to give you the rundown.
Septic tanks are a great way to dispose of wastewater in rural locations, or purely if you’re trying to be kinder to the environment. They can be straightforward and cost-efficient to build; all you need is some space in your back garden. But there are rules and regulations to follow.
Septic tank regulations
To build a septic tank on your property, whether it’s a home or your business premises, you need to comply with regulations both for health and safety and environmental reasons. Septic tank owners need to follow what are known as binding regulations, which include dictating how far a septic tank must be from a house. Most importantly, a septic tank must be at least seven metres from a house, defined as a ‘habitable property’.
Septic tanks are built underground and release wastewater slowly into the surrounding environment. For this reason, they must be a set distance away from a home. In addition, they must be built at least 50 metres away from water sources. Other binding regulations that have to be adhered to include being environmentally friendly and not polluting water sources.
Septic tank owners also should check if they need a permit, which usually depends on where they release wastewater. The team at OMDI know about these regulations and can offer help and guidance with any project.
Why would I need a septic tank?
Septic tanks are most commonly installed in rural areas, such as remote villages and farms, where a building can’t be connected to the main sewer system.In those instances, the best solution to the problem is a septic tank that is, for the most part, self-contained and able to function independently.
They are also a green choice. For this reason, they are also becoming popular on business premises and in homes that could be connected to the sewer system. Septic tanks break down waste using a natural process and are perfect for environmentally-conscious people.
Do I need planning permission for a septic tank?
Yes, planning permission is needed to install a new septic tank. It has to be obtained from a local authority and involves submitting plans and proposals as well keeping to laws and regulations.
Obtaining planning permission is important in order to abide by the law. With our expertise and years of experience in the field, we can help with queries about obtaining planning permission for your septic tank.
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