Perth Surface Water Management Plan - Community Survey

Closed 1 Apr 2022

Opened 21 Feb 2022

Feedback updated 20 Sep 2023

We asked

We asked residents to provide information on their experiences of surface water flooding in Perth to help inform the development of a surface water management plan.

You said

Residents provided a wide range of useful information on the flooding experienced in the area, including photographs and videos.

We did

We collated the feedback received and this was passed over to our consulting engineers (Amey) to inform the development of the Perth Surface Water Management Plan, which is expected to be completed by early 2024

Results updated 20 Sep 2023

The Council would like to thank those that took the time to provide information regarding their experiences of surface water flooding in the Perth area.

This information has been collated and passed on to the consulting engineers (Amey) to help inform the development of the Perth Surface Water Management Plan. 

The study is expected to be completed in early 2024.


We are keen to consult with residents and businesses in Perth with regards to surface water flooding.

Surface water flooding typically occurs when rainwater does not drain away through the normal drainage systems or soak into the ground but lies on or flows over the ground itself. The risk of surface water flooding is expected to increase due to the impacts of climate change, with rain storms (particularly in the summer) becoming more frequent and intense.

This is a different form of flooding to the risk of flooding from rivers. Perth already has a flood protection scheme in place which has reduced the risk of flooding from the River Tay and parts of the Craigie Burn.

There is a history of surface water flooding across Perth. Many areas were affected by the most recent flooding on 11/12 August 2020.

We have recently engaged consulting engineers, Amey Consulting Ltd, to help deliver the Perth Surface Water Management Plan (SWMP).  This is an identified action within the current Tay Local Flood Risk Management Plan (which can be viewed at:

This work aims to build on the existing information on the risk of surface water flooding in Perth.  It will take an integrated and long-term approach to all aspects of urban drainage in Perth. The Plan will identify and prioritise the main areas of surface water flood risk and consider a range of potential measures to manage that risk.  The aim is to ensure that during a flood, the flows created can be managed in a way that will cause minimum harm to people, buildings, the environment and business.

Why your views matter

To inform the surface water management plan, we are keen to gather as much local information as possible, to build on our existing knowledge. We are looking for the following:-

  • Details of past surface water flood events: date, time, flood extents, depths and damage caused;
  • Background information, records, photographs or videos of previous surface water flooding;

We would encourage residents to share their views by completing the questionnaire, and to provide any photos and videos they may hold of flooding that they hold. We can copy any such information and return it to you if this would help.  This information will help to develop the surface water management plan for the area.

What happens next

We would like to thank those who completed this questionnaire.  The information provided will help develop a surface water managment plan for Perth.

We will provide updates and engage with the Perth community at key stages of this project as it progresses.


  • Ward 10 - Perth City South
  • Ward 11 - Perth City North
  • Ward 12 - Perth City Centre


  • Any Audience


  • Community Safety
  • Emergency Planning
  • Flooding
  • Severe Weather
  • Climate Change