Regional Council’s Flood Protection and Drainage Bylaws 2020 regulate and safeguard flood protection structures from modification, damage and misuse.
Anyone who wants to carry out work near a flood protection structure needs to consider whether they will need a Bylaw Authority (written permission) from Regional Council. In simple terms, this written permission has conditions which ensures building, digging or planting activities do not impact the structure and performance of the stopbank.
What is a flood protection structure?
Structures owned or managed by Regional Council on both public and private land and include:
- Defences against water such as stopbanks, pump stations, flood gates
- Erosion protection such as rock or willow protection, edge plantings and buffer zone plantings.
- Drainage scheme drains and canals
Find out more about our flood defence structures.
What type of work might need a Bylaw Authority?
This can vary depending on what you want to do. It’s best to touch base with Council to check if the work you’re planning needs a Bylaw Authority application.
Some activities needing an authority include:
- Subdividing a property.
- Planting/removing trees or shrubs.
- Building/removing fences.
- Building/extending a house or adding a deck.
- Constructing/removing an in-ground swimming pool.
- Building/removing a garden shed or gazebo.
Please refer to the full bylaws for all activities.
It’s not a one size fits all
Depending on where you live in the region, the distances where the rules may apply will differ. If in doubt, fill in our Bylaw Authority form and we will get back to you with advice specific to your property.