Introduction to this document

Guidance note - discharge of waste water

If you want to allow waste water to leave your land and pass into the ground or nearby waters, there are certain legal loopholes to jump through. Our guidance note explains more.

Protecting the environment

If businesses were allowed to put whatever they liked into groundwater or rivers, it would contaminate drinking water and result in dead fish floating downstream. However, how do you work out whether your activities are regarded as polluting? What constitutes contaminated water versus clean run-off, and what quantities are we talking about?

Our Guidance Note - Discharge of Waste Water summarises when an environmental permit is required, explains some of the exceptions and describes the application process.