About us

Internal Drainage Boards are autonomous public bodies under the direct control of the board members, varying in size from a few hundred hectares to tens of thousands of hectares depending on the size of the drainage district. They are statutory bodies set up to manage water levels in a defined district for the benefit of land managers, householders and industry in that area. They are funded by agricultural occupiers through a rate and local authorities through a levy.

Board duties include:

  • Levying of drainage rates and their collection
  • Maintenance of drains, pumping stations and flood defences
  • Environmental improvement
  • Promotion of capital schemes for drainage and flood defence improvement
  • Emergency response during flood
  • Public relations
  • Dealing with planning applications (discharge consents and flood risk assessments)
  • Flood records and post-flood survey
  • Keeping of accounts
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