Consultation outcome

Flood risk activities: charges for permits from 1 April 2016

This consultation has concluded

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Detail of outcome

This document gives the Environment Agency’s response to comments submitted during the consultation and its decision on the new charges.

Feedback received

Detail of feedback received

This document provides a summary of all responses submitted during the consultation on charging for permits for flood risk activities from financial year 2016 to 2017.

The Environment Agency’s response and decision on the new charges will be published as an updated document.

Original consultation

This consultation ran from to


The Environment Agency is seeking views on proposed changes to charges for permitting for flood risk activities so they better reflect the costs to provide this service.


Consultation description

The current £50 charge for a flood defence consent has been in place since 1991, but does not cover the Environment Agency’s costs to provide this service.

The government expects to move the current consenting process in to Environmental Permitting Regulations from April 2016, subject to Parliamentary approval. This change in regulation will enable the Environment Agency to revise the charges and to improve the service.

The proposal is for:

  • an application charge of £170 for one activity
  • an additional charge of £40 for each subsequent activity on the same application
  • a charge of £70 for a compliance check