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Flood risk management plans

The Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act 2009

Scotland has adopted a new approach to manage the risk of flooding. To better plan and co-ordinate action on this, the Council is working closely with SEPA, Scottish Water, other local authorities, the Forestry Commission and the national parks to implement new national strategies and local plans. These documents set out how flooding is being tackled now and in the future and how we will reduce the impact of our unpredictable weather.

View a video developed by SEPA about the Flood Risk Management planning process.

National Flood Risk assessment

SEPA published Scotland's first national flood risk assessment in 2011, and more recently this has been supplemented with a new generation of flood maps. The flood maps can be viewed on SEPA's website.

Flood Risk Management Strategies and Local Flood Risk Management Plans

Flooding in Scotland is being managed through 14 local plan districts which are based on river catchments. The public authorities are working in partnership to manage flood risk within these districts. SEPA has published a flood risk management plan (commonly referred to as the 'strategy') for each district and the lead local authorities have published a local flood risk management plan.

Perth & Kinross Council is the lead authority for the Tay district as well as being involved in three other surrounding districts - the Forth, Forth Estuary and the Tay Estuary & Montrose Basin. 

The process of flood risk assessment, flood mapping and planning required by the Flood Act will be repeated every six years with the long term goal of reducing flood risk across Scotland over time. In combination with increasing education and awareness within communities about how they can protect themselves from flooding, the measures adopted under the Flood Act will be aimed at reducing the risk of flooding to residents and businesses in Perth & Kinross with consequent benefits for all including a safer environment, the avoidance of flood damage and improved health and wellbeing.

The Published Flood Risk Management Strategies

Following a national public consultation, SEPA published the Flood Risk Management Strategies for each district on their website in December 2015.

The Published Local Flood Risk Management Plans

Following a national public consultation, each lead local authority published a local flood risk management plan on 22 June 2016. These local plans supplement, and are consistent with, SEPA's strategy but also set out the responsibilities, timescales, local coordination and funding arrangements for the implementation of the selected actions.  View the published Local Flood Risk Management Plans below:

The Council is now engaged in the process of implementing the actions set out in the strategies and local plans and will continue to record and investigate flood events, inspect and clear bodies of water and progress flood protection works and schemes in areas where there is a known flood risk.

The Published Interim Reports

Following a review of their flood risk management plans, each lead local authority published an interim report on 1 March 2019. These interim reports set out the progress made in delivering the actions to avoid and reduce the risk of flooding, and prepare and protect ourselves and our communities across the local plan district. The published Interim Reports are available to view below:

A set of infographics has also been produced showing the national progress made across Scotland as well as within the above catchments:

SEPA, local authorities, Scottish Water and other responsible authorities will continue to work collaboratively to implement the actions set out in the Local Flood Risk Management Plans to their conclusion in June 2022.

Second National Flood Risk Assessment

SEPA is required to review and update the National Flood Risk Assessment every 6 years. In December 2018, SEPA therefore published the second national flood risk assessment. This is part of a process aimed at improving Scotland's future flood risk management plans.

For more information, you can view SEPA's NRFA animation or Frequently Asked Questions.

The designation of areas which are potentially vulnerable to flooding has changed. Details can be viewed on SEPA's NFRA 2018 web page.

Please call 01738 475000 if you require any further information.

Contact details

Flooding Team

Pullar House, 35 Kinnoull Street, Perth, PH1 5GD
Tel 01738 475000