Drains and sewers
You do not usually need to apply for planning permission for repairs, maintenance and very minor works.
Permitted development rights may be available for works that go beyond repair, maintenance, and very minor works. However, you should always check with the local planning authority to confirm that rights have not been removed.
You should clarify ownership and responsibility before modifying or carrying out maintenance. Drains, sewers and manholes may be shared with neighbours or owned by the relevant sewerage undertaker.
Failure to confirm these details or to comply with relevant standards/legislation could lead to legal and remedial action at your own cost.
You can also always contact your local planning authority for further advice. Use our local authority search tool to find their contact details.
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Foul Drainage Assessment
If you are required to complete a Foul Drainage Assessment form to support your planning application, you can find the form on the GOV.uk website accessed by using the link below.
Remember that internal or external works to listed buildings are likely to require listed building consent.
Find out more about Drains and sewers and the Building Regulations.
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