Build Over Agreements

Understanding and Navigating Build Over Agreements in the UK

October 10, 2023 News

In the UK, when embarking on a property development project over or near a sewer, a Build Over Agreement is a critical legal requirement. This contract is established between the property owner and the local water authority to ensure the protection and accessibility of the sewerage system for both you and your surrounding community. Here’s a succinct guide on navigating this essential step:

Early Identification: At the outset, identify the location of sewers or drains on or near your property. Utilising local authority records or hiring a professional to conduct a drain survey can be beneficial.

Engage Professionals: Consult with legal and construction professionals familiar with Build Over Agreements to understand the implications for your project and ensure compliance with local regulations.

Liaise with the Local Water Authority: Contact your local water authority to discuss your plans. They will provide the specific requirements and guidelines necessary for obtaining a Build Over Agreement.

Prepare and Submit Plans: Prepare detailed plans of your proposed development. Submit these plans to the local water authority for approval.

Adhere to Guidelines: Once approved, ensure your construction adheres to the specified guidelines throughout the project. Any deviation may require a revised agreement.

Completion Inspection: Upon completion, an inspection by the local water authority may be required to ensure compliance with the agreement.

Build Over Agreements are pivotal in ensuring responsible property development, safeguarding essential infrastructure. With a clear understanding and a proactive approach towards fulfilling these legal obligations, you pave the way for a smooth, compliant construction process.  Should you need any assistance navigating your Build Over Agreement please get in touch, we’d be happy to help.

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