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Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act 2009 - Guidance

Local Authority Functions Under Part 4 Guidance

This guidance focuses on local authorities’ powers under Part 4 of the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act 2009, particularly section 56 and the statutory procedures for flood protection schemes. It should be read in conjunction with Delivering Sustainable Flood Risk Management published by the Scottish Government in 2011 (see below).

You can find the guidance here.

Surface Water Management Planning Guidance

The purpose of this guidance is to assist responsible authorities in preparation of Surface Water Management Plans (SWMPs) to help with the management of surface water flooding as required under the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act 2009 (the FRM Act). The guidance has been developed by the Scottish Advisory and Implementation Forum for Flooding (SAIFF) which has representatives from Scottish Government, local authorities, Scottish Water and SEPA:

Distribution of the Flooding Component of the General Capital Grant for for 2014-15 and 2015-16 - Guidance for Local Authorities

The Scottish Government and COSLA have agreed joint guidance for local authorities on how the flooding component of the General Capital Grant will be distributed for 2014-15 and 2015-16.

Options Appraisal for Flood Risk Management - Guidance - 2016

This document provides guidance for SEPA and the responsible authorities on the economic, social and environmental aspects of options appraisal for actions promoted under the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act 2009. Full details

Flood Risk Management Planning in Scotland: Arrangements for 2012-2016 - Guidance

This joint SEPA/Scottish Government guidance details the involvement of local partnerships and advisory groups, as well as the planned co-ordination with River Basin Management Planning and land-use planning. The guidance sets out the principal arrangements that will support the delivery of flood risk management at the local level.

Delivering Sustainable Flood Risk Management

This guidance document sets out statutory guidance to SEPA, local authorities and Scottish Water on fulfilling their responsibilities under the act and in particular, on steps that should be taken to manage flooding in a sustainable manner. Full Details

Sustainable flood risk management - principles of appraisal: a policy statement

This policy statement supplements ministerial guidance on Delivering Sustainable Flood Risk Management and sets out principles that should guide the appraisal of flood risk management actions across Scotland. Full Details