Sewage: Building Regulations

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 5th March 2007.

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Photo of David Drew David Drew Labour, Stroud

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will amend building regulations to prohibit the use of lightweight non-lockable covers for septic tanks.

Photo of Angela Smith Angela Smith Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Communities and Local Government, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

Waste water systems, including septic tanks, are subject to the requirements in part H of the building regulations. Part H was last revised in 2002 and the related approved document specifically refer to cover to septic tanks. The guidance provided says:

"The access (cover) should be lockable or otherwise engineered to prevent personnel entry."

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