Flood map for planning

Link to external tool


Use in decision framework

Climate threat
Risk identification


This mapping tool shows the likelihood of exposure to fluvial and coastal flooding across England. It maps potential exposure to floods of different return periods. It also highlights areas benefitting from flood protection. It is particularly useful to support land use planning, and also climate change adaptation planning more broadly. The tool related to current flooding and does not account for future climate change.


The only information needed to use the tool is the postcode, place, national grid reference (NGR) or easting and northing co-ordinates for the location that is being considered. No additional inputs are needed to use the tool.

User friendliness

The tool is user friendly and easily accessible and understandable. A detailed base map is provided to enable specific locations to be identified. The map is user friendly and allows dragging and zooming. Descriptions are provided regarding the flood zone(s) that an area may be exposed, enabling users to understand the flooding situation in their area (if it is potentially exposed to flooding).


The tool highlights, on a map, whether a location of interest selected by the user has the potential to be exposed to flooding. This assessment is based on the most up to date flood maps produced by the Environment Agency. If the area of interest is contained within a flood zone, related details are provided including guidance on the implications for a land or building owner (which varies depending on which flood zone(s) the area falls within).  The UK Government specify that the tool can be used as part of a flood risk assessment for planning applications. More broadly, the tool can support climate change adaptation planning (for users in England) by helping to determine whether and area may be exposed to flooding.  A screenshot from the tool is provided below.




The tool has been developed by the UK government for use in England. It is currently operational

Conditions for use

The tool is publically available and free to use.


The tool is operational and the UK government recommend using it for statutory spatial planning. It can therefore be taken that the tool does have a track record in practice.