Policy paper

Designation of structures and features for flood and coastal erosion risk management purposes: Information note

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This information note is about the statutory designation of structures and other features (natural or manmade) as defined by the Flood and Water Management Act 2010 (the 2010 Act), and the implications of designation for designating and responsible authorities in England and Wales.

This information note sets out recommendations on the practical considerations, for designating and responsible authorities, to enable designations to be made, recorded and managed effectively in the interests of flood and coastal erosion risk management.

Published 21 June 2012