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Highway and land drainage is managed by the council’s Highway Asset Management team who work closely with the Area highway engineers to ensure that the highway and land drainage operates effectively.

The drainage team also work closely with:

  • Planning
  • Emergency Planning
  • Environment Agency
  • Wessex and Thames Water
  • Other stakeholders who have an interest in drainage and flooding
  • Flood risk management
  • Local flood risk assessment, mapping and planning (ordinary watercourses, surface run-off and groundwater)
  • The production of local surface water management plans and agreed programmes of work
  • Obtaining information from other bodies to inform the above work
  • Mapping local flood risk assets and associated ownership
  • Powers to designate features (natural or man made) to help manage flood risk
  • Adopting and maintain new Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS) (Oct 2013)
  • Consenting and managing of ordinary watercourses
  • Wiltshire local flood risk management strategy*
  • Wiltshire groundwater management strategy*

* These can be found in the download section.


Besides the Land Drainage Act requirement we have its own byelaws which mirror those used by the Environment Agency.

You can find copy of the land drainage byelaws in the download section.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding works adjacent or within a watercourse, please contact drainage@wiltshire.gov.uk

You can find the forms in the download section for developers.



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Last updated: 4 November 2016 | Last reviewed: 4 November 2016