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Ordinary watercourses and consent

As a Lead Local Flood Authority, we are responsible for ordinary watercourse consenting and enforcement activities.

Not all works will need consent.

These activities need consent:

  • something that is likely to alter or impact the flow or storage of water
  • erection of a culvert within an ordinary watercourse. (Flow should be determined as bank full flow conditions).

View our Ordinary Watercourse Consent Protocol.

View the application form and guidance notes. Email completed applications to

Some of the information on this page links back to our council website (

Contact information

Planning Policy

Seaclose Offices
Fairlee Road
Isle of Wight
PO30 2QS

Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 5pm
Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm