In accordance with Part H4 of Regulation 1 of the 2010 Construction Code, SI 2010/2214, construction work over a public sewer requires authorization for the operation of sewers. These include siding channels and surface water. If a public sewer passes underground, the owner may not build on or within three metres of the centre line of the sewage drainage canal without the agreement of the sewer superintendent. This consent is the “build-over agreement”. The agreement is necessary before the start of the work and may be refused. The insurance policy covers the costs of repairing property damage or rebuilding for which the sewer company exercises sewer access powers and causes property damage, or sewer diversion costs. This option is the fastest and cheapest option and avoids drawing the sewer supplier`s attention to work that they might not approve. Funeral directors may refuse to grant a subsequent reflection agreement. If they refuse, it is unlikely that insurance will be available. Even if the agreement is given, the owner may be asked to make changes to the property that can entail considerable costs. Insurance is the most common solution.
If the winter garden was built before July 1, 2011, an explicit building permit or an approved building right is required and a building permit may be required. 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. 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. 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. In addition, frequently asked questions about the channel liability policy are more frequent.