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Flood and Water Management Act 2010

Building Act 1984

259.Paragraph 26 provides for changes to the Building Act 1984.

260.Section 21 of the Building Act 1984 provides that when a developer deposits plans of a building or extension in accordance with Building Regulations, the local authority can direct that the building be connected to a sewer. This paragraph amends section 21 so as to provide that where the construction work requires approval under this Schedule, the power in section 21 will no longer apply.

261.Section 59(1)(c) of the Building Act 1984 provides that where a cesspool, private sewer, drain or other specified types of drainage work which are provided for a building are in such a condition so as to be prejudicial to health or a nuisance, the local authority may require the owner of the building to carry out work. This paragraph extends the power in this section so that it also applies to sustainable drainage systems (whether or not they are adopted) in the same way as it applies to cesspools, sewers, drains etc. Insofar as it relates to sustainable drainage systems, the power may be exercised by the Approving Body – under the Building Act 1984 the powers are only available to district councils, whereas Approving Bodies will generally be county councils. The Building Act 1984 is amended to include a reference to these provisions.

262.This paragraph amends section 84(1) of the Building Act 1984 to ensure that sustainable drainage systems are appropriately dealt with in the relevant Building Act provisions relating to courts, yards and passages.

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