Thames Water have announced that they will no longer be responding to statutory consultation’s from Building Control Bodies.
Approved Inspectors have a statutory duty under Regulation 13 of The Building Regulations 2010 (Approved Inspectors etc) to consult the relevant sewerage authority and will continue to send the consultations, meeting that statutory duty. However, Thames will no longer respond meaning that we will not know if there are sewers running accross your site.
Therefore it is important to undertake a CCTV survey and send in details before you commence work as if a sewer is discovered you will need to apply for a Build Over Agreement if the building is within 3m from a sewer. Leaving it until the works commence on site, risks the contractor having to stop work, adding to cost and delay.