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Abstraction licensing strategies (CAMS process)

Find out how much water is available in your area by viewing Environment Agency abstraction licensing strategies.

The Environment Agency is responsible for managing water resources in England. We need to make sure there is enough water for people (public water supply, industry and agriculture) and a healthy environment. The Environment Agency controls how much water is taken with a permitting system. The Environment Agency regulate existing licences and grant new ones. They use the catchment abstraction management strategy (CAMS) process and abstraction licensing strategies to do this.

The publication ‘managing water abstraction’ sets out the approach and regulatory framework within which we will manage water resources.

You need a water abstraction licence from the Environment Agency to remove more than 20 cubic metres of water a day from a watercourse or underground water reserve in England.

The strategies below are grouped by Environment Agency areas. See a map showing the areas.

North East (map area 1)

  1. Northumberland rivers abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper
  2. Tees abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper
  3. Till abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper
  4. Tyne abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper
  5. Wear abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper

Cumbria and Lancashire (map area 2)

Yorkshire (map area 3)

Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Cheshire (map area 4)

Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire (map area 5)

East Midlands (map area 6)

  1. Derbyshire Derwent abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper
  2. Idle and Torne abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper
  3. Lower Trent and Erewash abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper
  4. Soar abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper

West Midlands (map area 7)

Wessex (map area 8)

Devon, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly (map area 9)

  1. East Devon abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper
  2. North Cornwall, Seaton and Fowey abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper
  3. North Devon abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper
  4. South Devon abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper
  5. Tamar abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper
  6. West Cornwall and Fal abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper

East Anglia (map area 10)

Thames (map area 11)

Hertfordshire and North London (map area 12)

Kent, South London and East Sussex (map area 13)

  1. Darent and Cray abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper
  2. London abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper
  3. Medway abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper
  4. Mole abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper
  5. North Kent and Swale abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper
  6. Rother abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper
  7. Stour abstraction licensing strategy

    • Policy paper

Solent and South Downs (map area 14)

Published 30 April 2014
Last updated 17 January 2018 + show all updates
  1. Updated Environment Agency area names and map areas.
  2. Re-titled linked publications to give consistent format.
  3. First published.