Trade effluent consent The consent, issued to the owner or occupier of the business premises, will contain legally enforceable conditions that control the volume and quality of the trade effluent discharged to the sewer. Depending on what is appropriate, the consent could include any of the following: limits on daily volume and rate of dischargelimits on the concentration of solids and organic matter, and on dangerous or harmful constituentsrequirements for access to sampling for ourselves and for measuring and monitoring equipment to be provided by the company. You may need to provide and maintain some form of on-site treatment to ensure your business can comply with the consent conditions. If your business has a trade effluent consent you will pay trade effluent charges based on the volume and strength of effluent discharged. We routinely inspect and sample higher risk trade effluent discharges to check compliance with consent conditions and to determine the effluent strength for charging purposes. If the discharge does not meet the consent requirements, we will always try to work with the consent holder to find ways to improve the situation. However, if this fails we may take enforcement action - a breach of a consent condition is a criminal offence and may result in prosecution.