Consent to Discharge

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How to complete a Consent to Discharge (W02 Form) in Northern Ireland.

Consent to Discharge application form

Percolation Area & Wastewater Treatment Options

Since January 1st, 2015 it is mandatory to possess planning permission, building control approval and a consent to discharge form (W02) from the Northern Ireland Environmental Agency (NIEA) in order to install any new septic tank or sewage treatment plant.

Note: If you have a septic tank or sewage tank which was installed prior to January 1st, 2015 you still require a consent to discharge form from the NIEA.

Any septic tank discharging directly to a watercourse must be upgraded immediately. If not, the homeowner will face prosecution. See General Building Rules for Septic Tanks for more information.

As the mandatory consent to discharge approval form is an important element of the planning permission process your architect may have already taken care of this. However, in case they have not, or you require help with the process, we are happy to assist.

The consent application forms can be filled in by Depawater Ltd.

An application fee is required by NIEA. This fee is dependent on the chosen discharge option.  Current application fees to the NIEA per application are as follows:

  • Discharge to subsurface irrigation (soakaway) – £115
  • Discharge to waterway – £287

First, you need to know…

Are you discharging to a waterway or a soakaway?

Before filling in the consent form, be aware of whether the discharge from your plant will be to a sub-surface irrigation system (soakaway) or waterway-based system. Understanding this piece of information is vital and will have a direct impact on the type of sewage treatment system which you can use.

How to choose the most suitable type of sewage treatment system for you?

If connecting your new dwelling to the primary sewer system is not possible, then it is necessary to use off-mains or stand-alone solutions. The following are a list of options:

Standard Septic Tank

This option is suited for installation with approximately 100 meters of drainage field to the underground soakaway. A percolation test and approval from the NIEA is required.

Recommendation: Tricel Vento

95% BOD Sewage Treatment Plant

This option is available for installation with approximately 80-100 square meters of drainage field to the underground soakaway. A percolation test and approval from the NIEA is required.

Recommendation: Tricel Novo

97.5% BOD Sewage Treatment Plant

This option is available where final effluent can be piped directly into a watercourse (open ditch, sheugh, stream or river) with approval from the NIEA. This option does not require a percolation test.

Recommendation: Tricel Vitae

Quick Guide to choosing your Septic Tank  / Wastewater Treatment Plant

Quick Guide to choosing your Wastewater Treatment solution in Northern Ireland

Are you still unsure? Book a Percolation Test

If you are missing crucial information about your site to filling your Consent to Discharge form, we can help. Book a site visit and a percolation test to access your site conditions and receive bespoke recommendations.  Find out more information about our Percolation Test Package. 

Guide to filling in the consent to discharge form (WO2)

Single domestic dwelling

Visit the allocated GOV.UK webpage or visit web page and download the required application form titled Application for consent to discharge sewage effluent from a single domestic dwelling.

Prior to beginning the consent form fill process, it is vital to be aware if the discharge will be processed using sub-surface irrigation (soakway) OR a waterway. As was previously mentioned, this information will directly impact the type of sewage treatment system that can be used (septic tank or sewage treatment plant).

The following are links to guidelines for filling the consent to discharge form (WO2):

Make sure you have completed all steps of the process

  1. Fill in the consent to discharge application form
  2. Add any relevant documents (site plan, location map, details of the proposed treatment system)
  3. Include required fee
  4. Return to:

                   Northern Ireland Environmental Agency

                   Water Management Unit

                   17 Antrim Rd


                   BT28 3AL

More information can be found on this subject by following the link to the Department of Agricultural, Environment and Rural Affairs website.

Do you still need help?

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Percolation Tests

Contact us for percolation testing and correct sizing of septic tanks, sewage treatment tanks and percolation areas. We will provide you with the solution correctly sized and site specific to your needs whilst also complying with the latest British standards for correct sizing and design of sewage treatment systems and drainage fields.

Service and Maintenance

Service Contracts

We offer low cost managed service contracts tailored to your treatment systems requirements. Our qualified, British Water accredited service technicians will visit at pre-arranged intervals dependant upon the size and processing volume of your system. Most domestic systems require an annual visit whereas larger commercial systems may benefit from several visits per year as part of a preventative maintenance contract.

Depawater call out service

Callout Service

In the event of a breakdown or component failure, we offer a callout service to fix the problem for you. Our callout vehicle carries a selection of spare parts for wastewater treatment systems and can deal with many issues on the same day.