Before you apply for land drainage consent
The rules about land drainage consent are complicated.
We recommend you contact us for advice before you apply so we don't refuse your application unnecessarily.
You may need to apply for planning permission, carry out an environmental impact assessment, or get other consents from the Environment Agency - we will advise.
Nature conservation sites and scheduled ancient monuments
If your site is within, next to or linked to a nature conservation site or a scheduled ancient monument, you must contact us as soon as possible. This is because we must consult Natural England about any application.
How to apply for land drainage consent
To apply for land drainage consent, download and print our land drainage consent form (PDF, 185KB). Our land drainage consent guidance notes (PDF, 114KB) will help you fill in the form.
When to apply for land drainage consent
You must apply for land drainage consent at least 8 weeks before you plan to start the work. You will need longer if the site is a nature conservation site or ancient monument.
If you don't provide adequate data at the start or additional calculations or consultations are needed then we will extend the timescales until we have seen and approved all the relevant information.
Documents we will need from you when you apply for land drainage consent
Land drainage consent applications must include the following documents:
- a location plan based on an Ordnance Survey map
- a site plan showing the existing site, your proposals, and any existing structures which may influence the hydraulics of the watercourse
- upstream and downstream cross sections for any work that encroaches into any watercourse, drawn as if looking downstream and including details of existing and proposed features and water levels
- longitudinal sections along the centre line of the watercourse extending both upstream and downstream and showing existing and proposed features including water levels, bed levels, and structures
- detailed drawings of materials to be used for any structures
- detailed drawings of the location of any proposed service pipes or cables which may affect the maintenance of the watercourse
- details of any tree, plant, pond or wetland area that may be affected
- details of any proposed planting or seeding
- for dams and weirs, a plan showing the extent of the water held back under normal and flood conditions and any land drains affected
- a method statement explaining how you will do the work
- proof of any extra permissions and consents you need
All plans and drawings must be drawn up by an engineer or surveyor and at a clearly stated appropriate scale.
When you have all the documents ready and you've completed the form, please send everything to us with a cheque for payment. You can email us electronic versions of the form and documents, but you'll need to put the cheque in the post.
Email the land drainage consent team
Post cheques to:
Cheshire East Council
Flood Risk Management Team
6th Floor Delamere House
After you apply for land drainage consent
When we get your application, we will review your plans and check your proposals will not do any of the following:
- increase flood risk
- pose a threat to the environment
- cause unreasonable disruption to anyone else
We may come back to you to discuss the details.
The law gives us 8 weeks from the date you pay to make our decision.
Your responsibilities when working with land drainage consent
When you get land drainage consent, you must follow the points listed in the consent. If you don't, we can fine you.