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FloodSmart Reports - Flood Risk Assessment


Flood and Groundwater Flood Risk Assessment Reports

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FloodSmart GW

From £295+VAT

Groundwater Flood Risk Map
Detailed assessment


From £595+VAT

Flood Risk Assessment (FRA)
Flood zone 1


From £795+VAT

Flood Risk Assessment (FRA)
Environment Agency data analysis
Flood zones 1 and 2


From £995+VAT

Flood Risk Assessment (FRA)
Environment Agency data analysis
Flood zones 1, 2 and 3

Flood and Groundwater Flood Risk Assessment (FRA) Reports

Our reports provide clear and pragmatic advice regarding the nature and potential significance of flood hazards which may be present.

Our consultants assess available data to determine the level of risk based on professional judgement and years of experience.

We provide a range of assessment levels based upon the location of the site, which flood zone the site is in, the nature of the development proposal, and the complexity of the flood risks involved.

We’ve made choosing the right report for you as simple as possible by offering a tiered report range designed to build on detail as required.

Reports are based on the following assumptions:

  • Site location plan and proposed development plans are available
  • Site walkover survey is not required
  • A selection of recent site photographs are available
  • Advance payment is made

If you are not sure which report is right for you or you require a site walkover survey we can still assist. Please get in touch as one of our other packages may suit you better.

Contact us for information on further Flood Risk Assessment services including:

  • Sequential Test
  • Flood Evacuation Plan
  • Compensatory Flood Storage Calculation Report
  • BREEAM Flood Risk Assessment
  • Code for Sustainable Homes Flood Risk Assessment


  • Produced by specialist hydrologists with over 15 years’ experience.
  • Our consultants have built a great working relationship with Environment Agency and Local Authority Officers across the UK.
  • Reports are widely accepted in support of planning applications and insurance.
  • Quick turnaround options available
  • Low cost / fixed price


  • Cover all sources of flooding
  • Well presented, conclusive and concise report
  • Presented in an easy-to-read format using a visual ‘traffic light’ risk rating
  • Provides a review of available flooding data
  • Consultation is undertaken with the Environment Agency and Local Authority where appropriate
  • Clear recommendations provided

FloodSmart FAQs

Do I need a Flood Risk Assessment?

A Flood Risk Assessment is required for any planning application where the site of the proposed development is located within Flood Zones 2 or 3 as defined by the Environment Agency. Such sites are considered to be at risk of flooding and the Environment Agency and local planning authorities have the power to challenge planning applications that have not taken into account all of the flood risks involved.

A Flood Risk Assessment is also mandatory for sites of 1 hectare or greater in Flood Zone 1, and for smaller sites in an area within Flood Zone 1 which has critical drainage problems, as notified to the local planning authority by the Environment Agency. For further information on the relationship between Flood Zones and Flood Risk Assessments, see our news item Flood Zones Explained.

A Flood Risk Assessment should demonstrate how a proposed development will manage flood risk from all possible water sources to the site in question. Changes in flood risk to off-site locations as a consequence of development should also be considered with recommendations provided to avoid increasing such risk.

Is my site located in a Flood Zone?

If you live in England, your site will be located in a Flood Zone as defined by the Environment Agency for planning purposes, but many will be located in Flood Zone 1 with a low probability of flooding. To find out what Flood Zone your site is located in, input your postcode into the Environment Agency Flood Map.

Who are Flood Risk Assessments Intended for?

  • House builders and developers
  • Property professionals such as architects, planning consultants and land agents
  • Lawyers and solicitors
  • Lenders, banks or mortgage providers
  • Businesses
  • Private individuals
  • Insurance companies

Why might a Flood Risk Assessment be required?

  • Validating planning applications
  • Meeting planning conditions
  • For land and property purchase
  • For the sale or divestment of a site
  • Due diligence
  • Lending, mortgages, pension funds
  • Business risk assessment


A FloodSmart Report can be delivered in 5-10 working days. Delivery of reports requiring Environment Agency consultation and data (FloodSmart Plus and FloodSmart Pro) is dependent on the Environment Agency response times to supply data, which can take up to 20 working days. Typically your report will be dispatched ten working days from receipt of the EA data. A premium delivery is available if your report is urgent – do get in touch and let us know. Your report will be sent in electronic format as a .pdf file straight to your inbox, with hard copies available at an additional cost.

Why commission a FloodSmart FRA Report?

Local planning authorities are likely to request a Flood Risk Assessment for any site which is situated on the modelled flood plain, and within the vicinity of a fluvial or tidal watercourse. Flood Risk Assessments are also requested in areas of low fluvial or tidal flood risk if a proposed development is over one hectare in size and/or lies within a critical drainage area.

Which FloodSmart FRA report is best for you?

Different levels of flood risk assessment reports are required for different purposes. We’ve therefore developed a range of products which are suited to meet the various needs of our clients. If you’re not sure which level of report you need please contact us info@geosmartinfo.co.uk.

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