Making an Application
Please note: We encourage pre-application discussions in advance of the consent application. By having a pre-application discussion, options can be considered that do not require consent that has no adverse affect on the watercourse. If consent is still required, pre-application discussions can ensure that applicants fully understand the requirements and any potential alternative ways of undertaking the works that does not require consent.
The application process can take upto two calendar months, so please allow sufficient time in your construction timetable.
There is a charge of £50 for each structure or operation for applications made under the Land Drainage Act 1991 and determination of the application will not commence until both the application and fee are received.
Consent is not given retrospectively and you will be required to remove any works constructed before consent is granted whether it is compliant or not.
Water Framework Directive Assessment: Certain consentable activities or works will require a Water Framework Directive (WFD) Assessment to be carried out. The purpose of the WFD (Directive 2000/60/EC) is to establish a framework for the protection of surface waters (including rivers, lakes, transitional and coastal waters) and ground waters throughout the EU territory. Pre-application discussions will identify, or rule out, the need for such an assessment. Please note that if required the WFD Assessment must be completed prior to submission of an application for consent. If a WFD assessment is deemed necessary and not supplied consent will be denied.
Submission: If you wish to submit an application by email please ensure that any supporting documents are attached. If these attachments exceed 10MB please send these to us on CD by post to the address given at the end of the application form. You can email your completed application form, including the text ‘Ordinary Watercourse Regulation’ in the subject line, to:
Ordinary Watercourse Regulation
Vale of Glamorgan Council
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It is essential that the application form is completed accurately and for accompanying information to be clear. If any information is missing, determination of your application could be delayed.
Please ensure that a cheque made payable to ‘Vale of Glamorgan Council’ for the correct fee is submitted by post. Please write ‘Ordinary Watercourse Consent Fee’ on the back of the cheque to aid processing