Overall, the transmission of private sewers has been beneficial for both public and water companies. It cleared the public of responsibility for sewers and put them in the exclusive hands of water companies, which are much better equipped to maintain the canal network. While confusion persists when it comes to issues such as sewer construction, there is no doubt that in the end, homeowners are better protected than against transmission. For more information on canal liability insurance or to get an offer, call our team on 0845 557 0845 (local rate) or 01293 880700 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org For more information on public sewer construction, please see this page on the Severn Trent Water Situation website, In the event that a private sewer was built before becoming the property of a canal dead man, no building permit a posteriori is required. Under these conditions, a real estate owner whose property was built before the transfer of sewers from a private canal to a public sewer is certain of the obligations of the legal croque-mort to repair the damage caused. It is certainly worth considering other options before submitting an application, such as: • Avoid sewers by changing plans • Canal diversion If they have considered the alternatives, the only option is to apply for a construction contract from the water company, then an application should be made. Each of the water companies has to follow different processes and incur different costs. Sometimes problems arise when homeowners try to sell their property, partially or entirely built over a public sewer. Winter gardens and extensions are the usual culprits. If no construction contract has been concluded during the execution of the work, the water company has the legal right to enter the land to access the sewers, even if this means that the structure above the sewers will be demolished.