You may need permission to do work on or near a river, flood defence or sea defence.
There are different ways of getting permission, depending on whether you’re working on:
You can be prosecuted and may be fined or go to prison if you don’t get permission when you need it.
Main rivers and sea defences
Check if you need a permit - you might just need to tell the Environment Agency about your work.
If you already have a flood defence consent you don’t need to apply for a new permit.
For work on or near all other watercourses you must apply for Ordinary Watercourse Consent.
Apply by contacting either: