Apply for a new bespoke permit

Find application forms for new bespoke permits and the guidance notes to complete the application forms

On this page you will find the application forms for new bespoke permits and the guidance notes to help you complete them.

What to include in your application

When making your application, please ensure you complete the appropriate forms accurately and include the following elements:

  • plans showing the location of your works;
  • detailed drawings showing what you wish to do, along with any calculations;
  • a method statement for the works, including details of how the works will be carried out and any environmental protection/mitigation measures that will be put in place

To complete a Flood Risk Activity Permit application you will need to complete Part B and Part F (available below).

Permanent and temporary works

In the application form you will be asked if the works are permanent or temporary.

'Permanent works' generally refer to a structure that will remain in place once construction is complete.

'Temporary works' refer to structures or activities required as part of the construction phase, for example, scaffolding, cofferdams, diversion channels or plant machinery.

Method statements

Consent for temporary works will require detailed method statements stating how the work will be carried out. Temporary works may require a separate Flood Risk Activity Permit to ensure that the construction phase is properly considered.

How much does an application cost?

Charges for an application for a Flood Risk Activity Permit will vary depending on the activity proposed. You will find further information in the application form F3 and the NRW Charging Scheme. Please contact us before submitting your application to ensure that you include the correct fee.

Where should I send my application and fee?

The application form contains details of where you should send your completed application form and fee. If you need any assistance, you may wish to contact our Customer Care Centre who can help direct you to a member of staff who will deal with your application and payment. You can send a printed copy of your application to the relevant area office, or send your application to us via email.

What happens when we receive your application for Flood Risk Activity Permit?

This section provides details on how we assess your application in order to decide whether a Flood Risk Activity Permit can be granted or not.

What we do

When we receive your application for a Flood Risk Activity Permit, we check that you have completed your application correctly and submitted the necessary supporting information. We also check that you have submitted the correct application fee. If anything is missing we will let you know. When your application meets these requirements, your application form is deemed to be ‘duly made’.


We then assess your application and decide whether to issue a Flood Risk Activity Permit. We may need to ask for more information during this process in order to fully understand your proposal.

How long does it take to obtain a Flood Risk Activity Permit?

In most cases, we will grant or refuse applications within two months of receiving your application. If your application is deemed as having likely significant adverse effect on the environment, we will grant or refuse applications within 4 months.

Our decision on whether or not to grant your application

When making our decision we will consider whether your proposed works are likely to have an impact on flood risk, land drainage and the wider environment. We will also consider other legislation, for example, the Water Framework Directive and the Habitats Directive.

You should bear in mind that receiving permission does not confirm:

  • that your proposals are of sound design;
  • that your proposals comply with other legislation, such as health and safety legislation;
  • that you have permission to carry out works on land or rivers that you do not own;
  • You must have permission from the landowner and the relevant authority to carry out the proposed works

If permission is refused

If we refuse to issue a Flood Risk Activity Permit, we will write to you to provide reasons for our decision and explain how you can appeal against the decision.


If permission is refused and you think it has been withheld unreasonably, or that a Flood Risk Activity Permit has been granted with conditions you feel are inappropriate, you may appeal to the Welsh Ministers. Please contact us if you would like more information about the appeals process.

Related document downloads

Guidance notes - Part B8 PDF [497.0 KB]