The path to an agreement under Section 104 begins with an initial flood risk assessment and takes into account drainage requirements for the entire area to ensure that local surface water sanitation and drainage systems are taken into account and not overburdened. During the work, we carry out inspections to verify compliance with the S104 agreement. If inadequate work, materials or variations are found, we will inform the defect location contact When designing, commissioning and maintaining piping systems for adoption in Section 104, developers and their selected designers have a plethora of product and material options at their disposal and have a number of considerations to consider. Home / Features / Getting to Grips With… Section 104 Agreements A smooth design and submission process often means that sewers are easier to accept and that borrowing can be returned to the developer – often leading to a faster and more cost-effective construction program. For water management strategies to be successfully approved and for an agreement to be reached under Section 104, it is important to assess the needs of each site in order to provide the optimal solution. You can reach an agreement in accordance with Section 104, either by inviting us to reach an agreement and provide all necessary documents, or by telling us that you intend to prepare your own legal agreement. Please note the Model Sewer Adoption Agreement. We are aware that construction may need to begin before the S104 agreement is signed by all parties. In order not to delay the start of your work, you can complete a quick request after receiving the technical receipt and paying the S104 fee. The newly elected Conservative government has committed to creating 275,000 affordable housing units by 2020. In this context, the volume of applications for section 104 agreements is expected to increase exponentially.
To avoid delays and additional costs for their projects, developers need to consider drainage planning and make important decisions – including material selection – as soon as possible. If you have your technical agreement from us for your sewer system design, you must be in a section 104 agreement so that we can formally handle the sewers. If you are proposing a pumping station to adopt as part of your project, you will need to refer to our design requirements for our “local pumping station practice,” which you will find in our current pumping station addendum (PDF 7.259 KB opens in a new window). The pumping station is covered under the same S104 agreement as the gravity sewers. A Section 104 agreement (under the Water Industry Act 1991) is an agreement between a developer and a sewerage company for the adoption of sewer systems for development. There are strict rules for getting an agreement that can be a minefield for developers. The process is often on the critical path of a project and decisions related to it can have a huge impact on costs. In Wales, mandatory building standards require that an agreement be in place under Section 104 before development can progress.