Your Guide to the Connection Process

Follow our step-by-step path to guide you through your water and/or wastewater connection application, taking place in two phases.

The 2 phases of the connection process

Select which of the 2 phases in the connection process you wish to learn about.

Pre-connection enquiry phase

The earlier that you engage with us, the more likely it is that we will be in a position to meet your timelines. You are strongly advised to contact Irish Water with a pre-connection enquiry as early as possible in the project. Initial contact can be made before any application for planning permission has been made to the relevant Local Authority.

Pre-connection enquiry

It is best to contact Irish Water to confirm the feasibility of a connection before finalising the design of your proposed development and seeking planning permission.

 

Confirmation of feasibility

After assessing your enquiry, Irish Water will tell you if a connection is technically feasible. We will provide you with confirmation of feasibility which can be submitted with your planning application.

Design vetting

Housing developments only or where public infrastructure is to be Taken in Charge

Irish Water can work with you to vet the design of local infrastructure ahead of you finalising your planning application.

Development of planning application

You are responsible for completing your planning application. It should include the confirmation of feasibility issued by Irish Water and, where applicable, details of the local infrastructure as vetted including the statement of no objection to the design from Irish Water.

Connection application phase

The earlier that you engage with us, the more likely it is that we will be in a position to meet your timelines. You are strongly advised to contact Irish Water with a pre-connection enquiry as early as possible in the project. Initial contact can be made before any application for planning permission has been made to your relevant Local Authority.

Applying for a connection

When you are ready to apply to Irish Water for a connection, please complete and submit a connection application form to us.

Assessment of new connection application

Irish Water will assess your application to confirm that it is still feasible, and we will calculate the least cost design solution for you.

 

Design vetting

Housing developments only or where public infrastructure is to be Taken in Charge

Irish Water can work with you to vet the design of local infrastructure.

 

Getting an offer

Irish Water will issue you with an offer to connect, detailing costs and the works required to enable your connection.

 

Accepting the offer

You can enter into a connection agreement with Irish Water by accepting the terms and conditions as set out in the offer, and by making the required payment.

 

Construction phase

After you accept the offer, the quality assurance of assets to be taken in charge in the future upon connection can commence, this will be completed by inspections of the infrastructure as it is installed.

 

Physical connection

Details about what works are required to make your physical connection will be outlined in your connection offer.

 

Issue of Welcome Pack

Irish Water will issue a welcome pack to the customer once the physical connection has been confirmed by the developer, and when the connection works have been completed. This welcome pack will outline the procedure to follow in the event of a resale of the property.

Connected to the Irish Water network

Once connected you can fully avail of our services.

 

Get connected

Irish Water is responsible for water and wastewater connections to homes and businesses throughout the country. We are working in partnership with Local Authorities to make getting a water connection easier.

Start Your Connection Process

Developer services

We offer a range of resources and support material for developers, offering a helping hand through the entire process, including design vetting and construction phases.

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