Exempt flood risk activities: environmental permits

Find out about flood risk activity exemptions, which used to need flood defence consent, and how to register them.



Find out if your flood risk activity on or near a main river or sea defence is exempt from environmental permitting regulations.

If you plan to do any other activities on or near a main river that are not listed as exempt activities, check which permits you might need to do work.

Published 6 April 2016
Last updated 13 October 2016 + show all updates
  1. This guidance has been re-written to meet GOV.UK standards and to make it clearer and easier for customers to use.
  2. First published.