Septic Tank Grants Explained

In Ireland there are two options for financial grant assistance when upgrading or replacing your septic tank system:

  1. Domestic Waste Water Treatment Systems (Financial Assistance) Regulations 2013 (S.I. No. 222 of 2013)
  2. Home Renovation Incentive (HRI) Scheme

 

1.  Septic Tank Grant Scheme Ireland

Unfortunately the Domestic Waste Water Treatment Systems (Financial Assistance) Regulations 2013 Grant is not available to the vast majority of homeowners as the following criteria are required to be eligible:

  1. The septic system must be registered before 1st February 2013.
  2. The dwelling must be inspected and subsequently fail the inspection and a homeowner cannot invite an inspection upon themselves.
  3. The household is means-tested to assess the grant amount available
Household income Percentage of costs available Maximum grant
Up to €50,000 per year 80% €4,000
Between €50,001 and €75,000 50% €2,500
Over €75,000 0% €0

 

 2. Home Renovation Incentive (HRI) Scheme

The Home Renovation Incentive (HRI) grant enables homeowners or landlords to claim tax relief on repairs, renovations or improvement work that is carried out on their main home or rental property by tax-compliant contractors and that is subject to 13.5% VAT.

The HRI is paid in the form of a tax credit at 13.5% of qualifying expenditure, which can be set against your income tax over 2 years. This effectively reduces the rate of VAT to zero on qualifying work, up to a value of €30,000.

In order to qualify for the HRI, the work must be done before 31 December 2018.

Sepcon is approved to provide homeowners with the HRI grant.

 

Do you have a Question?

If I have a septic tank problem - what do I do next?

1I know my Septic Tank is not working, what is the first step?
The first step is to give us a call on 01 6287300 to arrange a site visit with our highly experienced Project Manager to view the extent of the issue.
There is not charge or obligation associated with the initial site visit.
We will arrange to meet you at a time that suits you and the Project Manager will be your direct Point of Contact throughout the entire upgrade process.
2What is a Percolation Test?
A percolation test is carried out to determine what type of sewage treatment system will be suitable for your property. The percolation test 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.
3Why do I need to carry out a Percolation Test?
Percolation tests are carried 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 percolation test is also required by law in order to apply for planning permission for a new build. 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.
4What 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.

In Ireland there are two options for financial grant assistance when upgrading or replacing your septic tank system:

  1. Domestic Waste Water Treatment Systems (Financial Assistance) Regulations 2013 (S.I. No. 222 of 2013)
  2. Home Renovation Incentive (HRI) Scheme

 

1.  Septic Tank Grant Scheme Ireland

Unfortunately the Domestic Waste Water Treatment Systems (Financial Assistance) Regulations 2013 Grant is not available to the vast majority of homeowners as the following criteria are required to be eligible:

  1. The septic system must be registered before 1st February 2013.
  2. The dwelling must be inspected and subsequently fail the inspection and a homeowner cannot invite an inspection upon themselves.
  3. The household is means-tested to assess the grant amount available
Household income Percentage of costs available Maximum grant
Up to €50,000 per year 80% €4,000
Between €50,001 and €75,000 50% €2,500
Over €75,000 0% €0

 

 2. Home Renovation Incentive (HRI) Scheme

The Home Renovation Incentive (HRI) grant enables homeowners or landlords to claim tax relief on repairs, renovations or improvement work that is carried out on their main home or rental property by tax-compliant contractors and that is subject to 13.5% VAT.

The HRI is paid in the form of a tax credit at 13.5% of qualifying expenditure, which can be set against your income tax over 2 years. This effectively reduces the rate of VAT to zero on qualifying work, up to a value of €30,000.

In order to qualify for the HRI, the work must be done before 31 December 2018.

Sepcon is approved to provide homeowners with the HRI grant.