Under the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act 2009 local authorities have a duty to assess bodies of water for the purposes of ascertaining whether they give rise to a risk of flooding and to carry out a schedule of clearance and repair works to substantially reduce any such risk.
This guidance provides detailed technical advice and explanation of the statutory process and includes case studies. It is primarily aimed at local authority officials involved in undertaking the assessments and clearance and repair work. It does not provide a legal interpretation of the FRM Act and is not legally binding.
The guidance has been produced by the Local Authority Implementation Group of the Scottish Advisory and Implementation Forum for Flooding (SAIFF). The membership of the Group consists primarily of flooding engineers and officials drawn from several local authorities. SAIFF is a partnership between the Scottish Government, Scottish public bodies and stakeholders that aims to support the implementation of the FRM Act.