Distance from Septic Tank to house

Septic tank distance

What are the distances to respect from your wastewater treatment solution to your dwelling?

Septic Tank

Distance from Septic Tank to house


When it comes to individual wastewater treatment systems, it can be quite challenging to understand the regulations imposed by the local authorities, especially the distances from the septic tank to the house.

What distance does my Septic Tank need to be from my house?

Depending on your wastewater treatment system and the type of housing you are about to equip, the metric logic behind the installation can vary. In order to guarantee Irish water quality, the EPA code of practice has listed the norms to respect single dwellings and small communities in the Republic of Ireland.  

Those rules apply to you and your housing as a potential future owner of a Tricel Novo (wastewater treatment plant) or a Tricel Vento (septic tank). It is your responsibility to ensure that they are scrupulously executed.

Distance from Septic Tank to house EPA code of Practice requirements

Distance from Septic Tank to house

If you are about to invest in a new wastewater treatment solution (domestic wastewater treatment plant, septic tank, percolation area, polishing filter or even packaged systems), there are a few things you need to know about the installation to have the right distance from Septic Tank to the house.

The Epa code of Practice has created a distance calculator which states your septic tank needs to be.

Distance from Septic Tank to house

  • 5 metres away from surface water soakaway
  • 10 metres away from the watercourse or stream
  • 10 metres away from the open drain
  • 50 metres away from any lake or foreshore

Trees and site boundaries, such as fences, must be 3 metres from your wastewater system and 4 meters from the road.  Last but not least, you must ensure a 7-meter distance to your house. For homeowners equipped with a percolation area, a 10-metre distance has to be warranted from one wastewater treatment facility to another.

This standard was introduced to prevent any type of dysfunction in your wastewater treatment and the quality of the treated wastewater.

Tricel Vento, Septic tank

Distance from Septic Tank to house

Our Tricel Vento septic tank ensures wastewater treatment in an exceptional way. It’s an affordable solution for homeowners willing to invest in a high-quality product. The wastewater will first be separated from the solids (water discharges) and then its quality will be improved and warranted by the percolation area.

Our septic tanks are available in different sizes, from 6 persons up to 20. Because of its material, the Tricel Vento is easy to transport from a point to another and easy to install. 


Interact with the Tricel Vento Septic Tank

  • Click on the numbers to see the annotations.
  • To view in Virtual Reality (VR), click the square at the top right-hand corner and simply scan the QR code with your phone.
  • To check the dimensions, click on the spanner icon.
  • To download an image of the Vento, click on the camera icon (top right-hand corner).

Finally, you can also visit THE LAB by Tricel to view the Vento in a Virtual Showroom, interact with 3D models, view images and product videos.

Tricel Novo, Wastewater treatment plant 

Distance from Septic Tank to house


With our Tricel Novo wastewater treatment plant, we are providing an exceptional and affordable solution to homeowners looking for an efficient and trustworthy product. No moving parts or pumps in the plant, ensuring a consistent operation and minimal maintenance and repair costs. Its compression moulded SMC tank is one of the most technological features available on the market. It also doesn’t require any concrete backfill on most sites, which will allow you to save up to €400. Finally, it has been made in compliance with EN12566-3 CE Certification, respecting the environmental regulations.


Interact with the Tricel Novo Wastewater Treatment Plant

  • Click on the numbers to see the annotations.
  • You can also switch between the treatment process stages (yellow circle at the bottom left-hand corner) and the anatomy of the Novo (green circle at the bottom left-hand corner).
  • To view in Virtual Reality (VR), click the square at the top right-hand corner and simply scan the QR code with your phone.
  • To check the dimensions, click on the spanner icon.
  • To download an image of the Novo, click on the camera icon (top right-hand corner)


Finally, you can also visit THE LAB by Tricel to view the Novo in a Virtual Showroom, interact with 3D models, view images and product videos.

Discover the whole project step by step. While the site engineer Patrick J. Newell recommended upgrading the current wastewater treatment system, he thought a septic tank could be a suitable option for the school.

Tricel has been chosen as the construction site’s supplier and worked closely with Riverborder construction LTD, who carried out the septic tank installation and building work for us. It has been done in line with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidelines. 

Is it possible for more than one house to share a wastewater treatment plant?

There are a variety of plants available from Tricel for different options. You will need to discuss this with your local council.

Do I need concrete to install the plant?

A concrete base and surround are not required when site conditions are considered dry. However, a concrete surround is necessary if the site is considered wet or a 500 mm/750 mm riser is fitted. Depending on the conditions of your site, your engineer will recommend a suitable installation requirement. 

Can I install it myself?

In addition to each plant supplied by Tricel, a comprehensive installation guide is also included. Before beginning the installation process, you must be sure you can meet the requirements outlined in the manual. You should seek advice from your onsite engineer regarding specific site conditions.

Tricel warranties

Most Tricel products have a warranty. To discover all the guarantees on our products, as well as on the internal parts, consult our dedicated product pages.

Key Features

Tricel Novo

Reliable & long-lasting

SMC tank, strong & lightweight

Tricel Novo

Fast delivery

Manufactured in Ireland, short lead time

Tricel Novo


CE certification EN12566- 3, EN12566-1 and S.R.66

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    Tricel (Killarney) Unlimited Company
    Ballyspillane Industrial Estate, Killarney, Co. Kerry, V93 X253, Ireland
    Tel: 64 663 2421