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Carrying out works on a watercourse

From 6th April 2012, following changes brought in by the Flood and Water Management Act 2010, the powers for consenting works and enforcement on Ordinary Watercourses will transfer from the Environment Agency to Lead Local Flood Authorities. The Environment Agency will remain the consenting body for works on Main Rivers.

An Ordinary Watercourse is any stream, ditch, channel or culvert which is not Main River.

If you are carrying out works on an Ordinary Watercourse you may require Flood Defence Consent, it is recommended that you make early contact with the Council to discuss any proposed works. Not all works will require Consent, however those that do will be subject to consultation with other parties and the Council will have a two month period in which to determine the application. Where works do not require Flood Defence Consent they may still require other consents, such as Planning Consent, or there may be ecological implications which may put constraints on the type or timing of work which can be carried out.

Any works carried out without required Consent may be subject to enforcement action being taken by the Council.

Generally any work which would alter a watercourse such as obstruction, diversion or piping would require consent.

Additional information on the transfer may be found on the Environment Agency website by following the link below:

Any application made before 6th April 2012 will still be dealt with by the Environment Agency, however, if you are proposing works after this date please contact the Flood and Coastal Management Team on 01656 642565

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Last Updated: 16/07/2013
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