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Water Act 2014

Section 86: Internal drainage boards in England: alternative procedure for byelaws

300.IDBs have powers under section 66 of the Land Drainage Act 1991 to make byelaws for land drainage and flood risk management purposes. IDBs must follow the process in Schedule 5 to that Act when making such byelaws.

301.Section 86 inserts a new section 66A into the Land Drainage Act 1991 to enable the Secretary of State to make regulations establishing a new procedure for IDBs wholly in England to follow when making byelaws. The intention is to make regulations to bring the process IDBs follow broadly into line with that followed by local authorities.

302.In prescribing the alternative procedures to be followed, the section empowers the Secretary of State to include in regulations provision on the consultation procedures which IDBs should follow before making a byelaw, and for advertising the new byelaw locally once it has been made.

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