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Flood and Water Management Act 2010

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  1. Introduction

  2. Summary and Background

  3. Overview of the Structure of the Act

    1. Part 1: Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management

    2. Part 2: Miscellaneous

    3. Part 3: General

  4. Territorial Extent and Application

  5. Commentary

    1. Part 1: Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management

      1. Key concepts and definitions

        1. Section 1: “Flood” and “coastal erosion”

        2. Section 2: “Risk”

        3. Section 3: “Risk management”

        4. Section 4: “Flood risk management function”

        5. Section 5: “Coastal erosion risk management function”

        6. Section 6: “Other definitions”

      2. Strategies, co-operation and funding

        1. Section 7: National flood and coastal erosion risk management strategy: England

        2. Section 8: National flood and coastal erosion risk management strategy: Wales

        3. Section 9: Local flood risk management strategies: England

        4. Section 10: Local flood risk management strategies: Wales

        5. Section 11: Effect of national and local strategies: England

        6. Section 12: Effect of national and local strategies: Wales

        7. Section 13: Co-operation and arrangements

        8. Section 14: Power to request information

        9. Section 15: Civil Sanctions

        10. Section 16: Funding

        11. Section 17:  Levies

      3. Supplemental powers and duties

        1. Section 18: Environment Agency: reports

        2. Section 19: Local authorities: investigations

        3. Section 20: Ministerial directions

        4. Section 21: Lead local authorities: duty to maintain a register

      4. Regional Flood and Coastal Committees

        1. Section 22: Establishment

        2. Section 23: Consultation and consent

        3. Section 24: Membership

        4. Section 25: Money

        5. Section 26: “The Minister”

      5. General

        1. Section 27: Sustainable development

        2. Section 28: Power to make further amendments

        3. Section 29: Restructuring

        4. Section 30: Designation of features

        5. Schedule 1: Risk Management: Designation of features

          1.  “Designating authority”

          2.  “Responsible authority”

          3.  “Owner”

          4. Designation

          5. Effect of a designation

          6. Consent to alteration, removal or replacement

          7. Provisional designation notice:  procedure

          8. Designation notice:  procedure

          9. Cancellation

          10. Notice to other authorities

          11. Enforcement notice

          12. Emergency powers

          13. Powers of entry

          14. Compensation for owners and third parties

          15. Appeals

          16. Notices and applications

          17.  “The Minister”

        6. Section 31: Amendments of other Acts

        7. Schedule 2: Amendment of other Acts

          1. Coast Protection Act 1949 ()

          2. Land Drainage Act 1991()

          3. Water Resources Act 1991 ()

          4. Water Industry Act 1991

          5. Environment Act 1995

          6. Local Government Act 2000

    2. Part 2: Miscellaneous

      1. Section 32: Sustainable drainage

      2. Schedule 3:  Sustainable drainage

        1. “Drainage system”

        2. “Sustainable drainage”

        3. Cross-border systems

        4.  “The Minister”

        5. National Standards

        6. Approving body

        7. Requirement for approval

        8. Applications for approval

        9. Free-standing application for approval

        10. Combined applications

        11. Determination of application for approval

        12. Non-performance bonds

        13. Fees

        14. Enforcement

        15. Guidance

        16. Sewers and roads

        17. Duty to adopt

        18. Exception 1: single property systems

        19. Exception 2: Roads

        20. Additional exceptions

        21. Power to Adopt

        22. Effect of adoption

        23. Process of adoption in pursuance of duty to adopt

        24. Process of Voluntary adoption

        25. Appeals

        26. Building Act 1984

        27. New Roads and Street Works Act 1991

        28. Works on public land

      3. Section 33:  Reservoirs

      4. Schedule 4: Reservoirs

        1. Introduction

        2. “Large raised reservoir”

        3. Registration

        4. High-risk reservoirs

        5. Panels of Engineers

        6. Construction and alteration

        7. High-risk reservoirs: inspections

        8. High-risk reservoirs: monitoring and supervision

        9. Flood plans

        10. Discontinuance

        11. Abandonment

        12. Appeals

        13. Directions of engineers

        14. Assessment of reports and statements

        15. Information and reports

        16. Enforcement: supplementary

        17. Arrangements for civil protection: charges

        18. Regulations and Orders

        19. Charges

        20. Power to make further provision

        21. Regulatory impact assessment

        22. Ministerial responsibility

        23. Cross-border England-Scotland reservoirs

      5. Section 34: Special Administration

      6. Schedule 5: Special Administration

        1. Transfer schemes

        2. Objectives

        3. Financial assistance

        4. Hive down

        5. Application of general administration law

        6. Strategic supplies

      7. Section 35: Provision of infrastructure

      8. Section 36: Water use: temporary bans

      9. Section 37: Civil sanctions

      10. Section 38: Incidental flooding or coastal erosion: Environment Agency

      11. Section 39: Incidental flooding or coastal erosion: local authorities

      12. Section 40: Building regulations: flood resistance

      13. Section 41: Compulsory works orders

      14. Section 42: Agreements on new drainage systems

      15. Section 43: Drainage: concessionary charges for community groups

      16. Section 44: Social tariffs

      17. Section 45: Water and sewerage charges: non owner occupiers

      18. Section 46: Abolition of Fisheries Committee (Scotland)

    3. Part 3: General

      1. Section 47: Pre-consolidation amendments

      2. Section 48: Subordinate legislation

      3. Section 49: Technical provision

  6. Commencement

  7. Hansard References

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