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If a premises has any form of mains water supply, then in many cases the water fittings regulations in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, byelaws in Scotland, make it a legal requirement (regulation 5) for the local water undertaker to be given advanced notice of any proposed plumbing work. This is an important simple and essential check to minimise the risk to water supplies.
The water undertaker has 10 working days to respond to a valid notification. The proposed work should not start until after the 10 days is up.
The water undertaker can either decline or grant consent. If consent is granted conditionally then these conditions must be met.
If no response is received consent is deemed to have been granted. The proposed plumbing work can proceed but the owner/occupier has the legal obligation to ensure it is fully compliant with the water fittings regulations/byelaws.
Uncontrolled if downloaded. This is informative, non-statutory guidance and intended for general guidance purposes only; it is subject to change.
Compliance with this information should not be relied upon as guaranteeing no enforcement action will be taken by water undertakers. Water Regs UK accepts no liability for loss, indirect or consequential loss arising from or in connection with this guidance document.