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Apply for a watercourse consent

You can contact us to check if you need consent for your development or whether it could affect the flow of water in an ordinary watercourse. If you do need consent, you will need to:

Did you know we also offer pre application advice?

See Guidance on applying for watercourse consent.

What happens next?

  • We will send you a letter to let you know that we have received your application and supporting documents within 5 working days.
  • We will then start our internal consultation which takes 10 working days
  • At the end of the consultation, one of our engineers will review your application and all the comments made.
  • Our engineer will contact you to let you know if we have granted consent for works to carry on

What to do if consent is granted

If we grant consent, works may proceed, however, it may include other conditions that the applicant is required to meet such as timescales or requirements for additional permits or permissions from other bodies.

We will notify you of these conditions at the time the consent is issued.

When we will refuse an application

We will refuse any application for consent where:

  • it could affect the flow of a watercourse
  • it could have a negative impact on flood risk
  • a better option is available
  • you do not submit enough information for us to be able to decide if consent can be issued.

What to do if consent is not granted

You have the right to appeal under  Section 23 of the Land Drainage Act 1991 if you disagree with our decision.