Flood Risk Management Plans and Local Flood Risk Management Plans

Closes 31 Oct 2021

Opened 21 Dec 2020


This is the consultation hub for Scotland’s draft flood risk management plans (previously called the flood risk management strategies) and local flood risk management plans. The consultation is being delivered in two phases. 

Phase one of the consultation opened on the 21 December 2020 with draft information for the flood risk management plans available for review. This consisted of background information for Local Plan Districts and Potentially Vulnerable Areas (PVAs) and identifies localised target areas.

In phase two, opening on 30th July 2021, draft information on the flood risk management plans and local flood risk management plans will be available with consultation questions. The information in phase two includes draft objectives and actions to manage flooding in target areas. Phase 2 of the consultation also includes information and questions on the Strategic Environmental Assessment carried out for the flood risk management plans.

We encourage you to provide your views and shape the way that flood risk is managed in Scotland.

If you have any enquiries regarding the consultation, please contact frmplanning@sepa.org.uk.   Please enter 'FRM Consultation' in the subject line.

Why your views matter

It is estimated there are 284,000 homes, businesses and services at risk of flooding in Scotland. Climate change is projected to increase this number by an estimated 110,000 by the 2080s. The flood risk management plans and local flood risk management plans work together to set the short to long term objectives and establish how actions will be delivered to manage the devastating impact of flooding. The plans embed information on climate change to establish the actions required now to adapt to future flood risk and ensure Scotland is resilient to flooding. 

SEPA and local authorities have worked in partnership to develop and refine these updated plans.

By responding to the consultation, you can have your say on how flood risk is managed in Scotland in the future.

What are flood risk management plans?

First produced in 2015 and referred to as the SEPA’s flood risk management strategies, the flood risk management plans coordinate and concentrate efforts by multiple organisations to tackle flooding in Scotland. 

A flood risk management plan is produced for each of Scotland’s fourteen Local Plan Districts. Areas within Local Plan Districts where significant flood risk exists are called Potentially Vulnerable Areas (PVAs). These PVAs, designated by ministers in 2018, are used to identify the key target communities and infrastructure where flood risk management could provide the greatest benefit.

Each flood risk management plan has been developed in collaboration with other public agencies to present flood risk management objectives. Actions needed to meet these objectives are identified for target communities and infrastructure. The development of corresponding local flood risk management plans for each Local Plan District, is informed by the objectives and actions identified in the flood risk management plan. Together, these documents determine the long term priorities and shorter term actions to reduce the impact of flooding in Scotland.  

What are the local flood risk management plans?

The local flood risk management plans turn the flood risk management plans into a local delivery plan. 

These local flood risk management plans are produced by lead local authorities for each Local Plan District. They provide additional detail on how and when the actions identified in the flood risk management plans will be delivered and coordinated locally. Coordinated plans help us make the most effective use of shared resources by targeting areas where the greatest benefit of intervention can be realised.

What is the Strategic Environmental Assessment for the flood risk management plans?

The Strategic Environmental Assessment looks at the likely environmental effects of the draft flood risk management plans. It considers the potential effects of the types of actions identified for each of the 14 Flood risk management plans and, on a combined basis, across Scotland.

Please view the map below to understand which Local Plan District is of interest to you.

Local Plan Districts


  • Local Authorities
  • Responsible Authorities
  • Landowners/ managers
  • National Parks
  • SEPA Staff
  • EA, SEPA and NRW Staff


  • Flood Risk Management Planning