Consultation outcome

Making flood defence consents part of the environmental permitting framework

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Detail of outcome

We received 42 responses to the consultation. We have drafted the regulations to integrate the flood defence consent scheme into the Environmental Permitting regime.

These regulations will be laid in Parliament and, if approved, the regulations will come into force in April 2016.

Original consultation


Seeking views on plans to change flood defence consents to include them in the Environmental Permitting framework in England and Wales.

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Consultation description

We want to know what you think about our proposals to change flood defence consents by including them in the environmental permitting framework.

Flood defence consents are needed before people undertake activities in, on, over, under or near watercourses to ensure they do not increase flood risk. Changing these consents to be part of the risk based environmental permitting framework will allow us to introduce different types of permits. This would reduce the burdens on applicants by allowing quicker and simpler ways of applying for a permit. It will also allow the Environment Agency to focus on the high risk activities.

These changes would apply to England and Wales.

Published 10 December 2014
Last updated 6 January 2016 + show all updates
  1. Government and Welsh Government response document added.
  2. First published.