Culverts are used to divert or drain water from land above it. They are enclosed watercourses and may be small or quite large. Responsibility to maintain a culvert is usually with the landowner for that part of it that is on the owner’s land. If it is an old one that is buried beneath the ground the land owner may not even be aware of it.
Blocked culverts can cause the water to back up and prevent it from draining the ground above or to the sides, as intended and may also collapse. They may also contain toxic gases and are dangerous to go into. This may also cause problems for land downstream, whose owners are entitled to the free passage of non-toxic water.
Knowing the identify of all affected land owners over which a culvert runs or floods will be of value to you in the event that the culvert becomes blocked and is, or is likely, to cause damage to your land, goods or local environment.
Frequently Asked Questions
The culvert is a lengthy one. Will the land that it runs across belong to one owner only, or could it be several?
Ownership of the land over which the culvert runs may belong to several different land owners. When you apply for your search you will use the Advanced Map on the form to outline the course of the culvert on the map. You will be charged only one search fee; however, if the search reveals other ownerships you will be asked to authorise a further payment to cover the additional search fees.