Devon County Council (DCC) is committed to increasing community resilience in Devon and is supported by DEFRA to deliver Property Flood Resilience measures. Working closely with a number of partners, DCC aims to help individual property owners be better equipped with the tools and basic defence measures they need to be able to deal with flooding. The purpose of this policy is to set out a number of criteria that will be used to determine whether a homeowner is eligible for Property Flood Resilience funding of up to £5000.
There is limited funding, with an annual allocation to be made available each year. Other opportunities will be considered throughout the year as and when they arise. The funding is allocated to residential properties only, with no budget available for commercial buildings. Applications will be prioritised based on the criteria set out below in order to maximize the number of properties benefitting from this opportunity.
The Property Flood Resilience (PFR) Funding can be used to help fund the provision of resistance measures that will help reduce the risk of flooding to individual properties. The funding will be paid retrospectively to the homeowner’s chosen contractor, on completion of works, providing approval from DCC has been sought. DCC cannot recommend a specific contractor, however, a list of contractors can be found at the Blue Pages website.
Any costs over and above the maximum funding amount must be topped up by the homeowner. Decisions regarding the eligibility of homeowners will be made by DCC’s Flood & Coastal Risk Management team. Further information and advice can be found on the Devon Communities Together webpages, including information on community resilience available in your area. More general information about protecting your property can also be found on the BeFloodReady website.
A survey will be required prior to agreement of works, which will be conducted by DCC’s appointed surveyor and paid for by DCC from the Funding allocation, following the prioritisation process. Homeowners are welcome to carry out a survey prior to application, at their own expense, if they feel that it would benefit their application. However, this will not substitute the required survey.
While DCC will be able to provide advice and support with regards to choosing the most suitable protection for the homeowner, it should be noted that the homeowner is free to select whichever option they prefer, subject to costs being approved by the Council. However, this is done entirely at the homeowner’s own risk, and DCC is not liable if the chosen PFR is not suitable in preventing flooding in the future. Unless approved by the Council in advance, the homeowner should always select the most cost effective option quoted to them.
DCC will endeavour to package works in nearby locations to ensure efficiency and the possibility of delivering PFR to a greater number of properties. If there are a number of applications for a specific area, it may be beneficial for DCC to consider alternative improvements or minor works, as opposed to providing PFR.
Some of the types of PFR equipment that could be installed using funding provided by DCC are as follows.
There is scope for homeowners to use the funding towards other alternatives, such as deflection walls/bunds, however this would be subject to full Council approval prior to commencement.
In order to qualify for funding towards Property Flood Resilience, a homeowner must meet a certain number of criteria. Further supporting information will also need to be provided to assist prioritisation of applications, ensuring that those who are in greater need of PFR will be allocated funding for it. If a homeowner qualifies for the scheme and leads to the provision of resilience measures on their property, the Council will provide the agreed amount direct to the contractor upon completion of the works and evidence of the installation has been received. No funding will be paid direct to the property owner or their representative/agent.
PFR is normally considered as a last resort where it is unlikely that the property will benefit in the near future from any more permanent catchment or community wide flood improvements. The provision of PFR may also reduce the benefit of providing any further investment of flood improvements in the near future. However, if the homeowner meets all the eligibility criteria and is considered high on the prioritisation list, then the provision of funding can be justified.
In order to be eligible for PFR, you must meet the following criteria. Applications that do not meet these criteria will not be considered:
Eligibility does not guarantee that you will receive funding. With the limited budget available each year, DCC must prioritise applications to ensure those with the highest risk are allocated funding first. Applications received will be reviewed on a quarterly basis and the highest priority cases held at that time will be progressed. Priority will be given to those homeowners who:
DCC will have no responsibility for the operation and maintenance of the PFR provided. Any defects arising, following the installation, should be taken up with the contractor who supplied the products. In the event of a flood warning, it is the homeowner’s responsibility to deploy the selected PFR equipment and ensure it is well maintained and working efficiently. With regards to this scheme, the Council exists solely to provide funding and advice.
Please refer to the disclaimer attached to the application form for more information about the responsibilities of both DCC and the homeowner.
If you believe you meet the criteria laid out above and interested in applying for funding to support the provision of flood resilience measures to your property, then you will need to complete the application form available on the PFR page on our website.
Alternatively, if you prefer or do not have access to the internet, we can send you a paper copy of the form. In this case you should contact the Flood & Coastal Risk Management team on 01392 383000 and ask for Flood Risk or send your address details to email@example.com. For ease and efficiency, please title your email ‘PFR Application Form Request’. Please allow at least 3 – 5 working days for your request to be processed and an application form sent out to you.
It is free to apply, and once you have completed the application form, return it to us using one of the two methods detailed on the form.
Following submission, your application will be reviewed, and your details entered into our priority list. All applications will be reviewed quarterly throughout the year and a suitable number of those considered to be high priority, relative to available resource and funding, will be progressed. DCC considers all incidents that have caused internal flooding to properties to be significant, however with the limited resource and funding together with the likely high number of application requests it is not possible to provide a timescale if or when any application will be determined. If your application is successful, we will contact you, in due course, to inform you of the next steps. If for any reason, your circumstances change, following submission of an application (i.e. you have experienced additional flooding, you have received PFR from elsewhere, etc.), then please update DCC on firstname.lastname@example.org or contact 01392 383000 and ask for Flood Risk.