Temporary dewatering from excavations to surface water

When you do not need a permit for temporary discharges of uncontaminated water from excavations to surface water.

Applies to England



This regulatory position statement covers the discharge of uncontaminated water (such as rainwater) from excavations at building sites and other excavations.

It does not apply to discharges to ground or groundwater.

Published 7 February 2018
Last updated 28 April 2021 + show all updates
  1. We have extended the review date of this RPS to 30 April 2022.

  2. We have extended the review date of this RPS to April 2021. We have also added the text: 'This RPS does not apply to any other activity, even if it is under the same legislation. You may still need other permits or licences for other activities you carry out.' And 'You must keep records for 2 years that show you have complied with this RPS. You must make these records available to the Environment Agency on request.'

  3. New information on abstracting water from excavations following the the Water Abstraction and Impounding (Exemptions) Regulations 2017. We have also asked you to consider the available dilution when receiving water flows are low.

  4. Clarified that you need to apply for a bespoke permit if your water discharge is from ‘pump and treat’ (pumping out contaminated groundwater or water from contaminated land so it can be treated).

  5. First published.