Lead local flood authority

The duties and responsibilities associated with Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council being a lead local flood authority.

Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council is designated as a Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA).

We have a number of duties and responsibilities relating to managing flood risk across the borough, as required by the Flood and Water Management Act 2010 and Flood Risk Regulations 2009.

The duties and responsibilities​ include:

  • Prepare and maintain a strategy for local flood risk management, coordinating activity and views with other partners and communities through public consultation;
  • Maintaining an asset register of structures or features which are likely to have a significant effect on flood risk. Designating structures or features that affect flood risk, so that the structure or feature may not be altered or removed without consent;
  • Investigate significant local flooding incidents (Criteria detailed in Investigations and Reports section)
  • Statutory Consultee in relation to surface water management on all major planning applications and any development that may affect a watercourse or waterbody. All developments which have the potential to impact upon surface water runoff, groundwater and watercourses are encouraged to seek pre-application advice and review the Tees Valley Authorities Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) Guidance (Vol 1 & 2);
  • Consenting and enforcement of activities on ordinary watercourses. When planning any works on or near to a waterbody please see ordinary watercourse consent section to further details on how to apply and legal requirements.
  • Play a lead role in emergency planning and recovery after a flood event.​​