Riverside ownership: rights and responsibilities
The guide 'Living on the edge' explains your rights and responsibilities of riverside ownership.
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If you own land or property next to a river, stream or ditch you are a ‘riparian landowner’ and this guide is for you.
This guide explains:
- your rights and responsibilities as a riparian landowner
- the roles of your risk management authority and other organisations you may need to work with
- who is responsible for flood risk management and flood defences, and what that means in practice
- how you can work with your risk management authority and other organisations to protect and improve the natural environment of rivers and streams
Changes to the law from 6 April 2016
On 6 April 2016, there were some changes to the law that affect this guide.
This guide says you need a flood defence consent from the Environment Agency in some circumstances. Instead, you need an environmental permit from the Environment Agency for work on or near a main river or sea defence.
Consents issued by local councils (unitary or county council where they act as a lead local flood authority) and internal drainage boards for work to ordinary watercourses remain unchanged.
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Published: 9 October 2012
Updated: 6 April 2016
- Changes in the law from 6 April 2016 affect this guide.
- Physical stock no longer available.
- Added option to order a paper booklet.
- First published.