In line with the Flood & Water Management Act 2010 currently being implemented by local authorities who have responsibilities for surface water management, Epping Forest District Council, on behalf of Essex County Council, has introduced a charge from 5 August 2013 for issuing the required land drainage consent to undertake certain works affecting some ditches and watercourses.
The Land Drainage Act 1991 allows local authorities to charge for consenting to works that involve installing structures on, or to, or around ordinary watercourses, e.g. piping ditches associated with new vehicle crossings. Epping Forest District Council in consultation with Essex County Council has opted for a charge of £50 per structure per consent in relation to works as covered in Section 23 of the Land Drainage Act 1991 (as amended by the Flood & Water Management Act 2010).
It should be noted that all other consents issued under Epping Forest District Council’s Land Drainage Bye Laws remain free of charge in order to encourage residents and developers to engage with the council to ensure that ditches and watercourses are protected and maintained to help reduce the risk of flooding throughout the district.
For further information please refer to the Land Drainage pages on the council’s website, or contact the council on 01992 564068 and ask to speak to a land drainage officer, or contact the Engineering, Drainage & Water Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.