Developer Services

Standard Details and Codes of Practice for Developers

Water and Wastewater Infrastructure

The Standard Details and Codes of Practice outline Irish Water’s requirements and provide technical guidance for developers in the provision of water and/or wastewater infrastructure that is to be installed in developments and that will be connected to the water and/or wastewater networks.

There are two sets of Standard Details available for developers below – one for water infrastructure and the other for wastewater infrastructure. Each set of Standard Details is accompanied by a Design Risk Assessment (DRA), which outlines the health and safety responsibilities of developers and their designers/contractors in the provision of water and/or wastewater infrastructure.

There are also two Codes of Practice available, one for water infrastructure and the other for wastewater infrastructure. Each Code of Practice is accompanied by a Design Risk Assessment (DRA), which outlines the health and safety responsibilities of developers and their designers/contractors in the provision of water and/or wastewater infrastructure.

The use of Standard Details is mandatory in all Irish Water Connection Agreement Offers issued after 6 June 2016. The Codes of Practice will be mandatory in all Connection Agreements issued from 30th April 2017.

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Standard Details Exemptions

Developers may apply for an exemption on the use of the Standard Details for a minimum period in situations where significant design rework would be required or where infrastructure installation is already underway.

Developers are required to apply for exemption approval using the Standard Details exemption application form below.

General Connections - Frequently Asked Questions

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Strategic Housing Developments - Frequently Asked Questions

The Planning and Development (Strategic Housing Development) Regulations 2017 which comes under the provisions of the Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act 2016 allows for certain types of  planning applications to be made direct to An Bord Pleanála. These are referred to as Strategic Housing Development (SHD) and the FAQ below relates to these development proposals.

Quality Assurance Manuals

Connections and Developer Services has prepared two Manuals which set out the Quality Assurance Requirements for Design and for Field Inspections, which summarize the quality assurance requirements of the Codes of Practice. The Quality Assurance Design Requirements Manual outlines to developers the requirements that apply to the preparation and submissions of design proposals for water and wastewater infrastructure to Irish Water for vetting. The Quality Assurance Field Inspection Requirements outline to developers the interactions, tests, inspections, etc. that are required when the water and wastewater infrastructure is being constructed. These Manuals can be accessed via the following links:

Project Works Services Agreement

Where significant impact on the public water and /or wastewater infrastructure is considered likely as a result of a particular new or modified connection, applicants may be required to enter into a Project Works Services Agreement with Irish Water. A Project Works Services Agreement will require the applicant to pay the financial costs relating to the necessary engineering assessments prior to entering into a formal Connection Agreement.

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We have made connecting homes and businesses to the water and wastewater network much easier. Here you'll find all the information on connections including charges, FAQs and a step-by-step guide to the entire process.

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