Last edited 15 Feb 2021

Discharge consent

Discharge consent is permission granted by the Environment Agency to discharge sewage or trade effluent directly into surface waters, groundwater or the sea.

Ref The HS2 London-West Midlands Environmental Statement, published by the Department for Transport in November 2013.

NB The SuDS Manual published by CIRIA in 2015 defines discharge consent as: ‘Permission to discharge effluent, subject to conditions laid down in the consent, issued by the relevant environmental regulator.’

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