The Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act 2009 was enacted on June 16, 2009.
The Act has been commenced in stages, allowing for a smooth transition to the new legislation.
The Act introduces a more sustainable and modern approach to flood risk management, suited to the needs of the 21st century and to the impact of climate change.
It also creates a more joined up and coordinated process to manage flood risk at a national and local level.
Specific measures within the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act 2009 include:
- A framework for coordination and cooperation between all organisations involved in flood risk management
- Assessment of flood risk and preparation of flood risk management plans
- New responsibilities for SEPA, Scottish Water and local authorities in relation to flood risk management
- A revised, streamlined process for flood protection schemes
- New methods to enable stakeholders and the public to contribute to managing flood risk, and;
- A single enforcement authority for the safe operation of Scotland's reservoirs.