Notification: Overview

What is meant by conditions of consent?

Where the water fittings regulations in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, byelaws in Scotland apply advanced notice is required for most types of proposed plumbing work.

Subject to sufficient details of the proposed installation being submitted with the Notification, the Water undertakers will risk assess the Notification and would respond within 10 working days. The Response may be:

  • consent granted – permission to proceed (this is their statutory approval for the installation of water fittings)
  • consent subject to conditions – having identified certain risks associated with the proposed work the water undertaker has granted consent subject to specific conditions which must be met.
  • further information required – the information provided is not considered by the water undertaker to be sufficient to enable a risk assessment of the installation.
  • Consent withheld – where the proposed work is considered to be in breach of the water fittings regulations/byelaws.

In the case of RPZ valves, where consent is granted, it will always be conditional that the valve is properly maintained.

Failure to comply with any defined conditions of consent may result in the water undertaker taking enforcement action which may include temporarily disconnecting the fitting or disconnection of the water supply to the premises.



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