Drainage charges for occupiers of land in the 'Anglian' area

Check if you need to pay drainage charges, how much they are and how to pay.

The general drainage charge only applies to the Environment Agency’s ‘Anglian’ area, which is Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire and East Anglia areas.

The charge applies to occupiers of:

  • agricultural land and buildings which fall outside the boundary of an internal drainage board.
  • areas participating in a Defra scheme, such as ‘set aside’ land
  • commercial woodlands
  • woodlands planted under a Defra or Forestry Commission scheme

Annual general drainage charge invoices

The Environment Agency will send you an annual invoice around 1 April each year for the period 1 April to 31 March.

The occupier of the land on 1 April must pay the full annual charge.

If you have a mixture of both chargeable and non-chargeable land you will only pay the charge for the chargeable land.

Charges 2020 to 2021

Regional Flood and Coastal Committee Charge (pence per hectare)
Anglian Great Ouse 210.62
Anglian eastern 379.89
Anglian northern 276.96

The money raised from the charge contributes towards the cost of maintaining and improving main rivers, sea defences and tidal embankments that protect low lying areas.

Work carried out can include dredging to remove silt, weed clearance and maintaining structures such as barriers, sluice gates and pumping stations.

If you have any questions about your charges or your invoice contact the Environment Agency.

Contact the Environment Agency

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National Customer Contact Centre
PO Box 544
S60 1BY

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Published 1 October 2013