Build Over Agreement Plc
- September 12, 2021
If you are selling your property, we know that the manhole/drainage has been built and that the work is in accordance with our agreement. Upon request, we confirm this information to individuals or mortgages acting on behalf of a potential buyer. If we accept that you can build through a public sewer, you must ensure that you provide sufficient access points to the relevant sewers (wells and rope points). Ideally, buildings and extensions should not be where they would remove an existing access point. If this is not feasible, we can accept the location of an access point outside the proposed development. The other possibility is for the seller to give the buyer liability insurance in order to protect himself against the financial losses caused by the construction of the property via a public sewer. This is the fastest and cheapest option, but whether insurance is available or not depends on the circumstances of each case. If a developer is working with building control, the inspector checks when a Build Over may be required. If they are satisfied with the proposals and it meets our criteria, they will approve it on our behalf and the developer will not need to contact us for further permission. If self-certification is not realistic, you must follow this formal application and assessment process to obtain our agreement for construction above or near (within 3 meters) of our sewer lines. The building code requires that development proposals be compared to and consult local water authority maps when a new building or extension is displayed within 3 metres of a sewer displayed on the map. If you want to build one of our public sewers or side exits (usually within 3 meters) or near them, you will need our permission, even if it is located on your property. We must ensure that all our pipes are protected from possible damage that development may cause, so that they can continue to provide the service for which they were developed.
It is also very important that we can access our pipes for maintenance and repair. A Build Over agreement gives the water company the assurance that the work to be done will not negatively impact the underlying sewers and also ensures that the water company retains sufficient access to the sewers so that it can be repaired and maintained. If you plan to build near or above a public sewer, you should contact the water company before the work done to identify the needs. Sometimes problems arise when homeowners try to sell their property, partially or entirely built over a public sewer. Winter gardens and extensions are the usual culprits. If no construction contract has been concluded during the execution of the work, the water company has the legal right to enter the land to access the sewers, even if this means that the structure above the sewers will be demolished. However, the Water Company will not cause damage to the extent possible and will look for other ways to access the sewers, but the risk remains. If a Build Over agreement has been reached, the water company is not allowed to remove or demolish the structure above the sewers. Any inspector who has verified a site on our behalf (either by a local authority or by an independent company) will inform us when inspections have taken place and will also communicate the result to us, for example.B. if construction is allowed. Following recent government recommendations, we have made the decision to close our offices to prevent and slow the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Overall, the transmission of private sewers has been beneficial for both public and water companies.
It cleared the public of responsibility for sewers and put them in the exclusive hands of water companies, which are much better equipped to maintain the canal network. While confusion persists when it comes to issues such as sewer construction, there is no doubt that in the end, homeowners are better protected than from transmission. . . .