Code of practice for property flood resilience (C790)

Development of a Code of practice and guidance

Property flood resilience (PFR) is an important part of our response to flood risk. PFR includes measures that reduce the risks to people and property enabling households and businesses to reduce flood damage, speed up recovery and reoccupation of previously flooded properties. PFR measures should reduce the amount of water entering buildings (known as resistance measures), or limit the damage caused if water does enter a building (known as recoverability measures).

CIRIA funded by Aviva, the Environment Agency, Scottish Government, Welsh Government and the Department for Infrastructure, Northern Ireland worked with a technical consortium led by BRE to develop a Code of practice (CoP) for PFR and associated guidance. 

The CoP sets the benchmark for those installing or constructing PFR and features six standards specifying what should be achieved when delivering PFR. The supporting guidance documents explain how a process that includes six aligned stages can deliver PFR that conforms to good practice and is consistent with the Code of practice.

A series of outputs have been produced and are freely available:

  • C790a: Code of practice for property flood resilience
  • C790b: Guidance on the Code of practice for property flood resilience  
  • C790c: Making your property more flood resilient – what households and businesses need to know 

Complementary guidance for local authority planners will be available in Spring 2021.

Click here
to download all three outputs of the CoP from the CIRIA bookshop.

Download just the "Making your property more flood resilient – what households and businesses need to know (C790c)" fact sheet below.

Download the overview presentation (with notes) on the Code of practice for property flood resilience below.
For further information, please contact Paul Shaffer at CIRIA.