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Fire safety

Following the major incident in London at Grenfell Tower, Dorset Building Control would like to reassure residents that we are working closely with Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service to ensure the safety of flats in Dorset.

We suggest residents look at the advice given on Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service website. Please contact the Fire Service or your Local Authority Building Control for any further information.

Septic tanks

If you have a septic tank that discharges directly to a surface water outfall, you will need to replace or upgrade your treatment system by 1 January 2020, or when you sell your property if before this date.

If the Environment Agency finds evidence that your septic tank is discharging to a surface water outfall which is causing pollution, you will need to replace or upgrade your system earlier than 1 January 2020. You will usually have to do this within 1 year, although this will be agreed on a case-by-case basis.

Find out more about septic tanks and small sewage treatment plants (opens in a new window)

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