More than 400,000 households will have to register their septic tanks by February 1 next or face the prospect of being fined up to €5,000.
The Government today announced new rules on septic tanks which will oblige homeowners to make sure they are working properly and not polluting water.
An inspection regime will begin next year, Environment Minister Phil Hogan said, adding it would cost households €5 to register their tank up to September 28 next, after which it would increase to €50.
There will be no charge for inspections
Registration will last for five years, and there will be no fee for second or subsequent registrations.
Registration can be completed on line at protectourwater.ie by credit or debit card, by post, or at local authority offices