If you wish to undertake certain types of work on a watercourse then you need permission from the appropriate body. This depends on whether the watercourse is classed as a ' Main River ' or an 'Ordinary Watercourse'.
If the watercourse is classed as Main River you need to apply for consent from the Environment Agency for any works that you propose to carry out within 8 metres of the top of the bank.
Works affecting an Ordinary Watercourse may require consent from Coventry City Council.
Coventry City Council, as Lead Local Flood Authority, assumed responsibility for the Ordinary Watercourse consenting role from the Environment Agency on 6 April 2012, as part of the requirements of the Flood and Water Management Act 2010.