Owner of a property with a Septic Tank, Sewage Treatment Plant or Cesspit?

Download the latest UKDP Quick Guide to Septic Tank, Cesspit and Sewage Treatment Plant Regulations today

Why should I download the guide?

  • A simple, illustrated summary of what the regulations mean for you
  • Easy to understand explanations and clear advice
  • Signposts to further sources of information and support
  • Protect the environment and stay on the right side of the law

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We’ve done the hard work so you don’t have to

Understanding regulations can be a challenge at the best of times, particularly when they relate to drainage systems which sit out of sight underground. There is no need to worry though, because UKDP are on your side. We have pored through pages and pages of documents, pulled out the most important bits, and put them into diagrams that we hope will make it easier to understand.


You can rely on our expertise – we are here to help

This Quick Guide will walk you through the main regulations you need to be aware of, whether you have a septic tank, cesspit or sewage treatment plant. Not sure what type of drainage system you have? Visit our video gallery here [link], where you’ll find a guide to talk you through the differences.

Please note that this guide is a summary of the main points in current regulations affecting off mains drainage systems, and it isn’t intended to provide legal advice. Also, this summary relates to the regulations in place in England. Whilst many of these regulations also apply in other parts of the UK, it is always important to check for any regional variations before undertaking any works. If you are unsure or need any advice, you should contact the relevant authority:

Natural Resources Wales (NRW)
Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA)

Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA)

  • Keep your drainage system working as it should
  • If you need a new system, ensure the replacement is compliant
  • Avoid any unnecessary nasty surprises in the future
  • Off mains drainage doesn’t have to be complicated

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