If you`re planning on building over or near a public sewer, you may need a build over agreement from Thames Water. In this article, we`ll be talking about build over agreements issued by Thames Water before 2011.
What is a build over agreement?
A build over agreement is a legal document that allows you to build over or within a certain distance of a public sewer. This agreement is required to ensure that any construction work does not damage the sewer and prohibits any obstruction of the sewer that may hinder access for maintenance or emergency repairs.
What is a public sewer?
A public sewer is a sewer pipe owned by a water company, such as Thames Water, that collects wastewater from more than one property before it is treated and disposed of.
What is a build over agreement pre-2011 Thames Water?
In 2011, the Water Industry (Schemes for Adoption of Private Sewers) Regulations came into force. This meant that all private sewers and lateral drains that connected to the public sewer became the responsibility of the water company (in this case, Thames Water). Before 2011, however, the responsibility for private sewers and lateral drains lay with the property owner.
This means that for build over agreements issued by Thames Water before 2011, the responsibility for the sewer may lie with the property owner. It is important to check the specific terms of the build over agreement to see who is responsible for any future maintenance or repairs.
How can I apply for a build over agreement?
To apply for a build over agreement, you need to contact Thames Water and provide details about the proposed construction work. Thames Water will then inspect the site and assess the impact of the construction on the public sewer. If the build over agreement is approved, you may need to pay a fee and comply with any conditions set out in the agreement.
If you`re planning on building over or near a public sewer, it`s important to obtain a build over agreement from Thames Water. For build over agreements issued before 2011, it`s important to check who is responsible for the sewer as the responsibility may lie with the property owner. Contact Thames Water for more information on how to apply for a build over agreement.