Brown and Brown Conveyancing eNews ~ "Drainage Diagrams in Contracts"Garth Brown, B. Bus, Fellow of AICNSW, JP
A residential property cannot be advertised for sale until a Contract of Sale has been prepared and the contract must contain a copy of the title documents, drainage diagram and a current Zoning Certificate (s 149) issued by the local council. Please note that the drainage diagram does not come as part of the 149 Certificate but is a separate document included in a contract of sale.
What is a Drainage Diagram?
A Drainage Diagram shows the layout of the property and location of the private house sewer lines on a property to where they connect to the authorities wastewater system and the location of the Council's sewer mains, it is an official document lodged with your local Water Board. The diagram can also be called a sewerage service diagram (SSD) or property sewerage diagram.
What to look for in a Drainage Diagram
What is a BOS Letter?
Brown and Brown Comments
There is a legal requirement to have a drainage diagram in a NSW contract. If your copy of the contract is missing one and your don’t know how to get one then your Conveyancer will guide you and will contact Council on your behalf who provide a drainage diagram free of charge to property owners.
For properties that are not connected to Council's sewer infrastructure, a drainage diagram will not be available.
Because of the complexities of the drainage diagram and BOS Letter for both the Seller and a prospective Purchaser it is vitally important that both these documents are checked thoroughly and if any RED FLAGS are noted they are handled BEFORE Settlement. Please speak to your Conveyancer to ensure these documents are correct and advise you if there are any problems.
Please do not hesitate to contact Garth Brown for your first obligation free consultation.
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