Development in flood-affected areas

The management of flood-affected land is, primarily, the responsibility of Council.

We aim to reduce private and public losses, as well as the liability on individual owners and occupiers of flood-affected land. At the same time, we recognise the benefits flowing from the use, occupation and development of flood-affected land.

We manage flood-affected land by:

  • Conducting studies to identify areas of high and low risk
  • Developing management plans that provide specific measures that are appropriate to those areas
  • Placing conditions on major renovations and new developments on flood-prone land to minimise the impact of flooding

Council has completed floodplain risk management studies and plans for major catchments. Flooding controls that apply to development within specific land-use zones are detailed in the Lake Macquarie Development Control Plan 2014

Is your property flood-prone?

Search for your property using our Flood Report Tool to determine if your property may be prone to flooding

Access the Flood Report Tool

Flood Certificate or Flooding/Tidal Inundation Certificate

To find out exactly how your property is affected by flooding and the development condition that apply, you may wish to apply for a Flood Certificate or Flooding/Tidal Inundation Certificate(PDF, 61KB) . A fee applies for this service.

Development in flood-prone areas

Flooding controls that apply to development within specific land-use zones are detailed in the Lake Macquarie Development Control Plan