Buckinghamshire Council Culvert Policy

Last updated: 20 June 2022

1. Purpose

Buckinghamshire Council, as Lead Local Flood Authority, became responsible for ordinary watercourse land drainage consent under Section 23 of the Land Drainage Act 1991 in April 2012, for the whole county except the areas covered by the Internal Drainage Board.

Before this date, the Environment Agency dealt with works of this nature and produced extensive guidance on the subject. We have therefore adopted many of the principles and policies that the Environment Agency have worked to over the years.

This policy document has been adapted from the Environment Agency’s policy regarding culverts dated March 1999 and provides a detailed explanation of BC’s view on works to watercourses, with particular regard to culverts. It is intended for use by planning authorities, landowners and developers.