We are about to sell our property and the buyer`s lawyers have asked the question of whether ore rear extension is built ovrr a canal. The extension was built befoe that we bought in 1999 and this was not raised by our lawyer at the time. How can we not fix this? Thank you very much? Rules are now in place for private sewers, sewers and sewers, but this has only been in effect since 2011. But if your house was built before 1937 and runoff served more than one piece of land, it would have been considered a public sewer in the 1990s. After the installation, we have sewers that were built without consultation with Severn Trent Water. It is obvious that this is of concern to the owners, who are not sure what would happen with these sewers in the event of a problem. Without Severn Trent`s formal permission, they could find themselves in a situation where they would have legally carried out development work on their land, but would not have guaranteed protection in the event of a problem. All water companies have legal rights to access public sewers on private land. These include sewers located under or near a property. If the construction permit has been granted by a canal, Severn Trent will still attempt to reach the canal without disturbing the terrain. If this is unavoidable, they will repair all the damage done in reason. If a canal has been built without consent, Severn Trent has the right to reach and protect sewers by any means they deem appropriate. In extreme circumstances, this may include the requirement that all buildings involving public sewers be modified or removed at the expense of the homeowner.

What matters is when the land was built and whether the runoff at the back serves only the house or the neighbours. If it was built before 1937 and is divided – it is and it was a public sewer, and an over-construction agreement that were needed. For more detailed information on the construction of public sewers, please visit this page on the Severn Trent Water website So before 2011, the public sewers inside the owner`s border would be owned by the local authority? If the annex were built without building control, what would be the consequences? Okay, when they built the enlargement in 1992, should they have got another construction on an agreement? Would that have been repeated as part of the planning request if that had been the case? All work including new foundations, foundations, stakes or basements required the approval of the water company before work began on site.