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Water Act 2014

Section 74: Register of premises subject to greater flood risk

263.Section 74 provides for the Secretary of State to set out in regulations arrangements for the creation and maintenance of a register of premises in the UK which are subject to greater flood risk. Subsections (2) and (3) allow the regulations to provide for the level of flood risk registered premises face to be recorded in the register. The regulations may do this by setting out flood “risk bands” and requiring that the register record which risk band applies to particular premises.

264.Subsection (4) provides for the regulations to exclude particular types of properties from the register including in particular those constructed after a certain date. Subsection (5) provides for the regulations to specify the information to be contained in the register and to make access, publication, disclosure and notification arrangements for the register and the information contained in it. Subsection (6) provides for conditions to be set on recipients of the information with regard to onward disclosure of the information and arrangements for penalties to be issued if those conditions are not complied with.

265.Subsection (7) provides for the regulations to specify that only applications for the inclusion of a property in the register of premises subject to greater flood risk made by or on behalf of a person with the qualifying interest in the premises may be allowed. The “qualifying interest” is to be defined in regulations under section 82(6).

266.Subsection (8) provides for the regulations to permit the removal of premises from the register if a person with the qualifying interest in the property requests its removal. Under subsection (9), before making regulations under these provisions the Secretary of State must consult with the Welsh Ministers, the Scottish Ministers and the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development in Northern Ireland.

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