Connecting to a local sewer

Sewer connections can be made directly to a local sewer or indirectly to a private drain that in turn discharges to a local sewer. Whether your connection is direct, indirect, or if you are seeking to relocate an existing manhole, an application form must be completed. If your connection to a local sewer is approved under Section 106, you’ll be able to carry out the work yourself.

Due to the time we need to process applications, we can only guarantee issuing quotes for new sewer connections under the current financial year’s charging arrangements up until 4 March of that year. In each case, the application must be complete and require no further information.

We can’t guarantee that any applications submitted after those dates will be issued under that year’s charging arrangements.

If you’ve not begun work, you can request a requote under the following year’s charges after 31 March. Please note that a requote fee will be applicable.

Find out what you need to do before you apply.

Here's what happens:

Payment will be taken at the time of application. We charge the following fees per connection point to a local sewer:

Direct connection £330 Indirect connection £110 Manhole relocation £330

If your application to connect to a local sewer is approved under Section 106 you or someone you appoint will be able to undertake the connection work.

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Please note that we do not currently offer competitive sewer connection quotes, unless the sewer connection is to a trunk or strategic sewer. If you connect to a trunk or strategic sewer we will need to undertake the work under Section 107 due to its complexity. For details about connections to trunk or chemical sewer, see here.

Our technical team will review your application and reply within 21 days. We may need to request further information if we can’t consent to your application on receipt.

Once we have sufficient information and have agreed on a satisfactory proposal, we will issue your Consent to Connect. This allows you to undertake the connection works.

If you're connecting to a sewer that is on someone else's land, our consent does not give you permission to enter their land. You must seek permission from the landowner before entering their property or undertaking any works.

If you are only making indirect connections, the sewer connection process ends here.

Please be aware that if your proposal changes, you are entitled to one change to your consent. This must be requested in writing prior to your site inspection. We will require a revised drainage layout plan and will request additional fees if you are adding more connections.

We’ll need to inspect the connection to our sewer before you backfill the trench. Please call us on 0800 009 3921 to schedule an inspection visit. We require at least ten working days' notice before you intend to carry out the work.

Please note that if you make a connection and backfill the trench before inspection, you will need to submit a CCTV survey report and footage. If your works are not completed at the agreed time of inspection, or the site is inaccessible, we reserve the right to charge you for another inspection.

If any issues are identified, we will indicate what works you must undertake to meet our requirements. You will then have to schedule another inspection visit as above.

We’ll issue a completion certificate upon approval of your sewer connection works. This confirms that your work has been completed to the required standard. This applies to direct connections and manhole relocations only.