East Aurora, NY asked in Gov & Administrative Law for New York

Q: Can Erie County Water Authority demand entrance to home to inspect sewer connection. Not a new installation nor mod.

They have sent letters demanding they be allowed to inspect. There is no suggestion of impropriety by the home owner, they are just looking. I don't feel they have any right to demand access. They threaten escalation to those who do not allow inspection. My house is 70 years old and was inspected at my purchase 27 years ago.

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1 Lawyer Answer
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
  • Little Neck, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: Public water authorities, environmental conservation agencies (sewage), electric utilities, and other public works generally have authority to request reasonable access to their infrastructure for inspection, maintenance, or equipment replacement. This holds nationwide as a matter of public policy. If you object, you could explore it further with attorneys in terms of applicable laws. But if push comes to shove, the utilities will usually win. Good luck

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