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Notification of Site Suitability Assessment Process

A Site Suitability Assessment is a requirement of the planning application process. The assessment must be carried out by a suitably qualified person, chosen by the applicants themselves. 

A suitably qualified person is defined as a person holding professional indemnity of at least €1,000,000, who undertakes the assessment in accordance with the 2009 EPA Code of Practice; Waste Water Treatment & Disposal Systems serving Single Houses (p.e ≤ 10).

Offaly County Council require that a Site Suitability Assessment be carried out on the development site prior to submitting the application for planning permission. Details of the assessment together with details of the proposed on-site treatment system must also be submitted as part of the application.

The role of the assessor is to:

  • Conduct the Site Suitability Assessment in accordance with the Waste Water Treatment & Disposal Systems serving Single Houses (EPA 2009) or any subsequent amendments.
  • Recommend suitable type of treatment systems and effluent disposal routes.

All commercial developments providing private effluent treatment systems shall comply with the provisions of the EPA Wastewater Treatment Manual; Treatment Systems for Small Communities, Business, Leisure Centres and Hotels and any subsequent amendments.

To ensure best practice in the overall context of the proper planning and sustainable development of the area, Offaly County Council will adopt a monitoring/auditing role in relation to this process and will carry out inspections to verify results as required.