Septic Tank Grants Explained – Updated for 2022 with Maps

Septic Tank Grants for 2022 Explained

On the 27th May 2020 the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government in conjunction with the Local Authority Waters Programme (LAWPRO), changed the septic tank grant system. There is now 3 different types of grant schemes in Ireland, all providing grant aid up to €5,000. The criteria for each septic tank grant is different as outlines below. It must be noted that each of the 3 grants are unfortunately, as a result of their design by the Department, are out of reach of the vast majority of homeowners. Below is a outline of the updated and new grants available.

The Main Points:

There is currently 3 separate financial grant assistance measures for upgrading or replacing your septic tank system, before we look at the 3 types it should be noted that:

> The grant can cover up to 85% of the total cost or a maximum of €5,000 towards the cost of upgrading or replacing your septic tank.


> There is a very limited area throughout Ireland that is covered for a grant, so its important to understand if you are eligible based on your locatoion - Most households are unfortunately - not eligible for any of the 3 grants.
> Sepcon can assess your eligibility for a grant and if you are eligible we will assist with your application.

So, do you qualify for a septic tank grant?

To qualify for a septic tank grant you must:
> Be in a designated area under the High Status Objective Catchment Area 2018 to 2021. - See map below - Green areas are eligible for a grant.
> Be in a Area for Action in accordance with the River Basin Management Plan 2018-2021 and receive a letter of grant eligibility from LAWPRO.
Please be aware: This particular grant could be considered as misleading to homeowners - as only homes directly backing a select number of rivers and streams will be considered for a letter of grant eligibility and the vast majority the homes across Ireland will unfortunately not receive a letter of eligibility. We advise homeowners who may have concerns of their eligibility for this particular grant to contact LAWPRO to confirm their eligibility.
> Have had your septic tank inspected by your local authority under the national inspection plan and subsequently failed the inspection.

> Have registered your septic tank with BEFORE the 1 February 2013 to qualify.
> Have a septic tank system or advanced sewage system which likely to be causing pollution or is causing pollution to groundwater.
> Submit a valid design and proposal for approval - (Completed by Sepcon as part of the overall package)

The truth about septic tank grants in Ireland

The entire septic tank grant system in Ireland is designed to portray that there is a grant available in order to fulfill the governments requirements under the relevant EU water quality directives. It is unfortunately, very much 'smoke and mirrors' as the criteria to meet as set out above makes it practically impossible for over 99% of homeowners to be eligible for a grant. By the nature of the design of the grant system, it is out of reach of over 99% of the 500,000 homeowners throughout Ireland that have a septic tank, which unfortunately, makes it more of a lottery than an actual grant.

Although unlikely, if you wish to confirm your eligibility, Sepcon will happily test your eligibility for a grant and assist in the application process to help ensure a smooth and stress free process. The more grants we can push the better. The grant assessment service is provided at no charge.

High Status Objective Catchment Area 2018 to 2021 <br><b> Areas marked in Green are eligible<b>

High Status Objective Catchment Area 2018 to 2021
Areas marked in Green are eligible

Do you have a Question?

Septic tank grant Ireland FAQ - what do I do next?

1How do I apply for a septic tank grant?
The grant is administered by your Local Authority, depending on the extent of the works required and the type of septic tank grant you may be eligible for, Sepcon will assist you in the application process, including the site assessment. This ensures a smooth, efficient and stress free process.
2Does Sepcon help me with getting a grant?
Yes, we will assist you in applying for a grant as part of our overall service.
3Can everyone get a grant?
Unfortunately not. There are 3 types of septic tank upgrade grant. Each of the 3 grants have individual criteria with 2 of them based on mapping of areas that are deemed by the EPA catchments section to be at an significant risk. Sepcon can also assess your eligibility for a grant.
4Why do I need to carry out a Site Assessment?
Site assessments (Percolation tests) are carried as part of a grant application to determine the size required for the percolation area. The soakage of the soil in every site varies. Some sites have good soakage and some are very poor.
Therefore a single solution can't be offered to everyone. It is crucial to carry out a percolation test in order to know how good your soil soaks and to determine the maximum height of the water table (in order to maintain relevant separations as per the EPA Code of Practice 2009).
A site assessment is also generally required in order to apply for a grant. Sepcon have a dedicated team that will assist in providing the relevant site assessment information and documents in order to lodge your planning application.
Contact us today to discuss your individual requirements.
5What is a Site Assessment and do I need one to get a grant?
Generally yes, you will need to have a site assessment (otherwise known as a percolation test). A site assessment is carried out to determine what type of sewage treatment system upgrade or replacement works will be required for your property. The site assessment provides us with the soakage value of the soil, what depth the water table or bed is present at and a number of other factors. With these results and the assistance of geological mapping we can provide you with the most suitable sewage system for your site.
6What is the difference between a Septic Tank and a Sewage Treatment Unit?
A septic tank normally consists of two chambers. The first chamber holds the solid waste and the second chamber holds the partially treated effluent. The effluent then enters the percolation area where further treatment takes place. Septic tanks are suitable for sites with a good soil soakage rate.
A sewage treatment unit normally consists of 3 or more chambers. The first chamber holds the solid waste, the second is where the effluent treatment takes place and the the third is the final settlement chamber. Treatment units are ideals for sites with poor soakage as the effluent quality is better upon discharge to the percolation area.