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By law, nobody has a right to build over, or close to, a public sewer.
By law, nobody has a right to build over, or close to, a public sewer. In general, a minimum distance of three metres must be maintained between any building and the public sewer. However, this distance requirement may be considerably increased around deep or large diameter pipework.
We appreciate the desire of homeowners to extend their properties and will, in some cases, allow buildings to encroach on the public system. The decision will depend on a number of factors such as the status of the sewer concerned and therefore, each case is considered on an individual basis.
Building over, or close to, water mains is never allowed. Neither is building over, or close to, proposed or existing sewers on new developments or redevelopments. Please refer to the guidance notes when completing your application.
If you need to complete an application form, please print it out and send your complete submission to:
Hampshire, SO21 2SW
Alternatively, an application to divert a Public Sewer may be made.