Implementation of E.P.A. Code of Practice on Wastewater Treatment and Disposal Systems serving Single Houses
Planning Authorities are required to implement the EPA Code of Practice in respect of all applications received on, or after the 8th January 2010.
Planning Authorities must ensure that every individual dwelling that is granted planning permission in an unsewered area has first undergone site suitability assessment using the methodology set out in the EPA Code of Practice and the site assessment has fully met the required standards.
On foot of a recent High Court Judgement, Cork County Council has withdrawn the Approved Panel of Site Assessors to carry out Site Suitability Assessment, Design and Certification for On-Site Treatment Systems in accordance with the EPA Code of Practice (Wastewater Treatment and Disposal Systems serving Single Dwelling Houses 2009).
All site assessments submitted as part of planning applications will continue to be processed in accordance with the EPA Code of Practice: Wastewater Treatment and Disposal Systems serving Single Houses.
The site assessments are carried out by private operators not Cork County Council. Please note that when hiring private operators to carry out a site assessment test you are entering into a private contract between you (the applicant), and the private assessor.
In accordance with article 22(2)(c) of the Planning and Development Regulations 2006, applicants are required to submit the site assessment at the time of making the application. The standard Site Characterisation Form must be used to record this information. You must submit two copies of the site assessment with your planning application.
It should be noted that applications for multiple house schemes, where it is proposed to provide an individual treatment system for each house, must be accompanied by an individual site assessment report for each individual site. The submission of a single assessment form in such circumstances will not be accepted.