This guidance is for the Environment Agency and lead local flood authorities on their responsibilities when preparing flood risk management plans.
FRMPs and flood risk areas (FRAs)
FRMPs must cover areas of the river basin district (RBD) where flood risk is significant. These areas are called flood risk areas (FRAs). The Environment Agency and lead local flood authorities (LLFAs) identify FRAs through preliminary flood risk assessments.
FRMPs also meet the aims of the National Flood and Coastal Erosion Strategy for England.
The Environment Agency is responsible for producing FRMPs for FRAs that cover:
- main rivers
- the sea
LLFAs are responsible for producing FRMPs for FRAs that cover local sources of flooding in their area. Local sources of flooding include:
- surface water
- ordinary watercourses
However, the preferred approach is for the Environment Agency and LLFAs to work together to produce one FRMP for all sources of flood risk for the RBD. This arrangement is agreed between the Environment Agency and the LLFAs involved before work starts.
This approach enables good co-ordination between RMAs and communities and better co-ordinated flood management. It also helps to co-ordinate with river basin management plans (RBMPs). RBMPs address the wider water environment across RBDs.
LLFAs that do not have a FRA in their administrative area can still contribute to a joint FRMP in the RBD. Other RMAs can also contribute to joint FRMPs for the RBD. These contributions are voluntary.
Risk management authorities in England
Risk management authorities (RMAs) in England are:
- Environment Agency
- lead local flood authorities (LLFAs)
- district councils for areas for which there are no unitary authorities
- internal drainage boards
- water companies
- highway authorities
What FRMPs contain
Flood risk management plans (FRMPs): how to prepare them provides guidance on how to prepare FRMPs and what to include.
The Environment Agency must publish the FRMPs produced by itself and the LLFAs every 6 years. It must also report to the European Commission.
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