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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.
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, 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:
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