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Sewer Repair and Maintenance

Sewer Repair and Maintenance

If your local sewer needs repairing or if you need to carry out general maintenance, then generally, you do not need planning permission. However, if you are not the sole owner of the sewer, you will need to seek permission from the owners. Failure to do this can result in legal. In the case of listed buildings, any sewer work that takes place on those grounds may be subject to listed building consent.

The different types of sewer

There are two different types of sewer: private and public. Private sewers are owned by the properties they serve, and therefore yourself and neighbours can carry out general maintenance and repairs without planning permission, under permitted development. Public sewers are owned by the sewage undertaker – you can find out who this is by looking at your sewerage bill.


When it comes to repair work and the maintenance of sewers, the main cause for concern that should be addressed is ownership – whether or not a sewer is private, you must notify and seek permission from the owner/s of the sewerage system. If it is a public sewer, it is likely that the undertaker will carry out any maintenance work themselves, to ensure that it complies with any legislation.

Any building work that is to be carried out on or around a sewer will require permission from the sewer owner, and planning permission, depending on where it is located.

Listed buildings

If a section of sewer runs under a listed property or if there are over-ground elements of a sewer on listed grounds, you may require listed building consent in order to carry out work, and you will almost certainly need to be granted permission by the property owner.

It is a criminal offence to carry out any work on a listed property without listed building consent. We strongly recommend you consult your Local Planning Authority prior to doing so.

For more information on sewers and planning permission, please visit The Planning Portal.

The information contained within this article is strictly for guidance only.  Cost2Build recommends that you always check current sources of information in case regulations have changed. Cost2Build cannot accept any liability for miscommunication of the law in the case of a change in regulation or any action done to a property based on the information held in this article.

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