27 May 2016

King West

Flood Defence Consents Replaced

GOV.UK update their policies on Flood defence consents, reporting that these documents will be replaced by flood risk activity permits.


The flood defence consenting regime has been incorporated into the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations (EPR). The new regime will require that people apply for “flood risk activity permits” when undertaking certain activities in or near main rivers. Under the new regime, applicants will not need to apply for a permit to undertake activities defined as exclusions. For activities defined as exclusions, applicants will need to register with the Environment Agency. The new regime came into effect on 6 April 2016. You can access information about the new regulations, application process and guidance on GOV.UK. A short note outlining the key aspects of the change can be requested by emailing floodriskpermits@environment-agency.


For advise and support through the change process, email Ian Lindsay at King West via

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