A sewer connection in the Highway can take as little as a few days, up to a week or more or sometimes many weeks in the event that the public sewer is a long way from the site.
Beware though – the paperwork in advance will take much, much longer. You will need to do a Section 106 application first (more info here), which we will normally take care of for you. In the event that the public sewer is in the Highway (90% of the time) we will need to apply to the local Highways Dept at the County Council for a Section 50, ordinarily you cannot do this yourself, we have to do it for you. This process cannot normally be started until you/we have the Section 106 from the water authority - Highways need to know that the Water Authority are in agreement that the connection be made.
The Section 50 application will normally take anything from a few weeks to a couple of months. Once we are in receipt of the Section 50 licence, we have to give notice to Highways that we want to use it. For a very small job in the Highway, the notice period is 1 week. For a week’s work in the Highway, the notice we have to give is often 3 weeks, and 3 months or more for a major project.
An increasing amount of jobs in the Highway require a road closure, and the minimum legal notice period for one of these is 3 months. And just because we give notice to Highways that we wish to use our licence, we won’t necessarily get permission to do so. There has to be no other roadworks going on within a certain radius of the site, and in some instances other contractors could have booked ‘road space’ in the surrounding area for the next few months or more, meaning you’ll be asked to join the back of the queue. In some areas you cannot work during school term time, you’ll have to wait for the next school holiday – as long as other contractors do not already have ‘road space’ booked for then. So all in all:
Time required to get a Section 106 to connect to a public sewer 3-6 weeks.
Then… Time required to get a Section 50 to ‘dig up the road’ 3-10 weeks.
Then… Notice period to be able to use a Section 50 Licence 1-12 weeks.
Then… Time taken to do the work (normally) 3 – 10 days.
Total of anything between 8 and 30 weeks. In the event that you need a sewer connection doing please contact us as soon as possible. You’ll be surprised how many people build a house and then ask us to start the sewer connection process, whereas this process needs starting ideally when the build starts.