Removal of Re-Registration Provision for Septic Tanks

The Water Services Act 2007, as amended by the Water Services (Amendment) Act 2012, set out the requirement to re-register septic tanks after a five year period.

The policy in this area has been reviewed and it is no longer considered necessary to have a requirement for owners to re-register. Accordingly, the Minister has decided that the legal requirement to re-register should be removed from the statute books. This process is currently before the Houses of the Oireachtas and following enactment, registrations for septic tanks will remain valid indefinitely.

A relatively small number of people who originally registered their septic tanks in 2012 may look to re-register before the enactment of the legislation. Any such applicants should be advised that the removal of the legal requirement to re-register septic tanks every five years is imminent and there is no requirement now to re-register.

There is no re-registration facility on the website.

Should you have any queries in relation to this matter, please do not hesitate to contact the Environment Section on 056 7794470 or by email to


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