The SuDS Manual (CIRIA publication C697) will guide you through the design process and can be used by those checking designs and calculations to ensure that sustainable drainage principles have been applied. CIRIA's related guidance can be found here.
This website does not provide specific design guidance or tools, however useful information can be obtained from a variety of guidance documents, tools, initiatives and training. A list of national and international information sources is provided below, please let susdrain know if there are other examples.
How do we increase public understand of the benefits provided by SuDS?
Report of a public outreach initiave to raise awareness about the water cycle, SuDS and related benefits.
Sustainable drainage systems: non-statutory technical standards
Non-statutory technical standards for the design, maintenance and operation of sustainable drainage systems to drain surface water.
This guide introduces the concept of SUDS and the policy context.
Hydro International, 2011
This e-guide promotes the use of SuDS in the urban landscape.
London Play, 2010
This guide highlights the many ways of incorporating SuDS schemes in play areas.
This leaflet provides a quick checklist of DOs and DON’Ts to consider when planning and designing SuDS (in Scotland).
This guide facilitates the implementation of sustainable drainage in developments in England and Wales by providing model maintenance agreements and advice on their use. There are associated model agreements.
HR Wallingford and ACO, 2013
Summary of a study on approaches to deliver interception of 5 mm of rainfall and the development of practical methods to assess achievement of interception.
RSPB & WWT, 2013
A guide for developers and local authorities on delivering sustainable drainage systems that benefit local wildlife.
Environment Agency, 2013
This guide provides advice on sizing of storage elements for the control and treatment of stormwater runoff.
Environment Agency, 2012
This guidance provides an overview of the suitability and practicalities of using SuDS components to manage rural surface water runoff.
HR Wallingford, 2005
This guide has been developed to assist achieving drainage best practice on all new developments, with specific support on SuDS for high density sites.
This guidance has been drawn up to assist with the application of surface water drainage criteria in line with the GDSDS New Developments policy document.
This report investigates the liability risks associated with ownership of SuDS.
This guidance note aims to provide extra information with regard to the implementation of SUDS in brownfield sites.
HR Wallingford, 2004
This guide provides advice on the assessment of whole life costs for SuDS.
This report provides guidance on the selection, whole-life costing and design & maintenance of BMPs and SUDS.
HR Wallingford, 2003
This report reviews and provides guidance on the ecological benefits of SuDS compared to traditional systems. It also suggests designs and maintenance that maximises ecological performance.
HR Wallingford, 2004
This report describes a management strategy for the day to day care of SuDS, and applies current landscape maintenance practice managing surface drainage infrastructure.
SEPA et al, 2000
This guide provides best practice guidance on the management of ponds, pools and lochans in Scotland.
This document explains the different approaches to constructing a driveway or other paved area that manages surface water runoff.
This website provides information on green roofs, the types and benefits as well as access to guidance on domestic green roofs.
This document explores the latest approaches to planning, urban design and 'place shaping', in the context of the 2012 National Planning Policy Framework.
This guide discusses the continuing need for sustainable drainage and emphasises the role of permeable paving
This guidance highlights the advantages of using permeable paving.
British Water, 2011
This guidance publication briefly reviews sustainable drainage and outlines many of the issues which impact on surface water drainage. It directs the reader to information about proprietary solutions in four principle areas Flow Control, Infiltration, Storage & Attenuation and Treatment.
This guide provides on the benefits, design, construction and maintenance of rain gardens.
Environment Agency, 2009
This guide sets out to encourage the development of good practice through practical experience with reclaimed water systems.
This website provides an opportunity to assess the impact of development on surface water runoff and explore potential SuDS options. The website will ask for some site details, it's not necessary to enter any information.
UK SuDS guidance and tools
HR Wallingford, 2012
A website that provides tools for the management surface water from developments.
A website to facilitate the implementation of the GDSDS policies and the use of SuDS.
SCOTS Whole Life Cost and Whole Life Costing tool
Complementing the SuDS for Roads guidance this toolkist can be used as part of the process of designing and selecting SuDS components by providing evidence to support their use in different developments.
LASOO, September 2015
A steering group developed guidance specifically on meeting the (English) non-statutory SuDS standards produced by government in April 2015.
Sustainable Drainage: Guide to Design, Adoption and Maintenance
Birmingham City Council/Arup, April 2015
Guidance on on the design, construction, operation and future maintenance of SuDS components within the Birmingham City jurisdiction.
Bristol SuDS guidance
Bristol City Council/Arup, March 2015
Bristol City Council and its partners have put together a range of guidance documents for developers and case studies to support SuDS delivery.
North Yorkshire County Council SuDS Design Guidance
North Yorkshire County Council, March 2015
The guidance note provides direction to relevant design guidance for the implementation of SuDS and is the basis on which planning consultations will be assessed.
Leicester City Council Sustainable Drainage Guide
Leciester City Council, February 2015
The guidance has been produced for developers, consultants and anyone developing land. It provides illustrations of SuDS components and discusses local requirements.
Peterborough SuDS resources
Peterborough City Council has put together a website with local SuDS resources.
Central Bedfordshire/AECOM, April 2014
This Supplementary Planning Documents provides an overview of SuDS with reference to local and national requirements.
A guide for master planning sustainable drainage into developments
South East 7/AECOM, September 2013
Developed in partnership with Lead Local Flood Authorities of the South East of England this guide outlines the process for integrating sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) into the master planning of large and small developments.
Cornwall Council, 2012 & February 2013
This is an interim policy covering the scope and context for the Adoption of SuDS providing further clarity on the Council’s position on SuDS pending Schedule 3 of the FWMA 2010. There is also additional Council guidance on their preferred approach to drainage.
Hertfordshire County Council, 2012
This document sets out how the Council’s SAB will evaluate drainage schemes in accordance with the National Standards and the Flood and Water Management Act.
Peterborough City Council 2012
This supplementary planning document (SPD) focuses on managing flood risk and the water environment in and around new developments.
Essex County Council, 2012
This guide is for the planning, design, construction and adoption of SuDS
Anglian Water, 2011
This guide is for the design, construction and adoption of SuDS.
Anglian Water, 2011
This guide is intended to help those involved in planning and implementing new development to provide background around SuDS.
Shropshire Council, 2011
This document outlines the requirements for the management of surface water for all planning applications made to Shropshire Council.
Islington Council, 2010
This guide provides information and ideas for decision makers & designers to support the application of SUDS.
Ashford Borough Council, 2010
This supplementary planning document provides guidance on the measures and opportunities for sustainable drainage.
Tonbridge & Malling BC, 2010
This leaflet sets out advice for households and businesses on the SuDS.
Lancashire County Council, 2010
This guide focuses on the design of new residential streets and changes to existing street environments.
Wychavon District Council, 2009
This supplementary planning document is to set out the Council’s commitment to minimising flood risk, managing surface water and achieving SuDS.
Cambridge City Council, 2009
This guide is primarily aimed toward developers and their consultants seeking adoption of SUDS under the remit of Cambridge City Council.
Southampton City, Council, 2009
This guidance document assists developers in the delivering SuDS.
Greater London Authority
This technical report supports the London Plan olicy and provides technical detail on green roofs and walls.
Nottingham City Council, 2008
Proposes the adoption of planning guidance to encourage the provision of SuDS.
BSI, November 2013
BS 8582 gives recommendations on the planning, design, construction and maintenance of surface water management systems for new developments and redevelopment sites.
Following Making Space for Water a number of Integrated Urban Drainage Pilots were commissioned which lead to the development of guidance on surface water management planning. There is also similar guidance in Scotland as well. Key resources include:
Scottish Government, 2013
Guidance to assist responsible authorities in the preparation of Surface Water Management Plans to help manage surface water flooding as required under the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act 2009.
The guidance provides a framework for partnership working, joint understanding and management of surface water flooding.
This report provides a summary of the 15 integrated urban drainage pilots run through the Making Space for Water project.
University of Cambridge, 2014
This advice note provides a one-stop-shop to de-mystify water management and demonstrate the benefits of building it into plans and planning decisions.
London Wildlife Trust, 2014
This guide shows how residents of towns and cities can reduce local flood risk, whilst also creating natural spaces that can benefit people and wildlife.
Sustainable drainage can make an important contribution to green infrastructure and within the UK many local authorities have or are developing green infrastructure strategies. The role of green infrastructure was stressed in the UK governments Natural Environment White Paper. Some other initiatives and resources can be found here.
The GRO Green Roof Code
Green Roof Organisation, 2014
This code will help anyone who is designing, specifying, installing or maintaining a green roof.
Trees in hard landscapes: A guide for delivery
This guidance is the companion document to Trees in the townscape: A guide for decision makers, 2012
Natural England, 2011
This guidance articulates Natural England’s position in relation to green infrastructure planning and delivery.
This guide provides an introduction to the valuation of ecosystem services.
Green Infrastructure South West, 2012
A website providing resources on green infrastructure delivery in the South West
Green Infrastructure North West, 2011
This toolkit user guide provides a very helpful introduction to the evidence demonstrating the benefits of green infrastructure interventions.
Green Infrastructure North West, 2012
A website providing resources on green infrastructure delivery in the North West.
University of Manchester 2012
Development of a toolkit and user guidance to support the delivery of climate change adaptation through blue and green infrastructure.
Red Rose Forest, 2012
A Community Forest for central and western Manchester working to develop well-wooded and multifunctional landscapes.
The Mersey Forest, 2012
A growing network of woodlands and green spaces across Cheshire and Merseyside
Archived website on CABEs campaign to embrace more green infrastructure.
This guide provides best practice principles on delivering trees in urban areas.
US EPA, 2014
This technical resource is intended to assist communitites in developing and evaluating Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) control alternatives that include green infrastructure.
US EPA, 2012
A website that provides an overview of using green infrastructure for surface water management including research and case studies.
This plan provides details about NYC’s ambitious plans to use green infrastructure to improve water quality.
Further to the plan above, this report provides summarises the initial monitoring results and preliminary observations made in 2011 for a number of individual source controls.
Philadelphia City, 2012
Provides an overview of Philadelphia’s 25 year plan to protect and enhance catchments with green infrastructure.
This report explores how American cities are incorporating green infrastructure to manage stormwater runoff. The report provides 14 case studies.
This report explores the role of using green infrastructure to manage surface water runoff from highways and roads reducing costs and delivering benefits.
This American guide provides key considerations involved in assessing the economic merits of green infrastructure practices.
Water which runs off roads can potentially have an impact on the quality of receiving surface waters and groundwater and/or influence the occurrence of local flooding. Local authority highway guidance.
This document provides guidance on the design of roads incorporating SUDS.
Highways Agency, 1996
The Design Manual for Roads and Bridges (DMRB) is a series of 15 volumes that provide official standards, advice notes and other documents relating to the design, assessment and operation of trunk roads in the UK.
The manual provides guidance on intelligent street design, giving priority to pedestrians and those using public transport. Designing streets Scottish Gov’t, 2010 Provides guidance on improve street design as part of overall place making.
A website providing resources on Portland’s green street programme.
A website providing guidance on green stormwater infrastructure as part of right of way improvements.
Seattle Seattle.gov, 2011
The Right-of-Way Improvements Manual is an on-line resource developed by the City of Seattle helping those involved with the design, permitting, and construction of improvements to Seattle’s street right-of-way.
The Street Design Manual provides policies and design guidelines for the improvement of streets and sidewalks throughout New York City.
CED Engineering, 2008
This American handbook introduces the concept of Green Streets and how they can achieve multiple benefits.
This Australian overview identifies the scope of emerging practices applying Water Sensitive Urban Design measures at the streetscape level.
This handbook illustrates the BMP techniques the City will use in green alley designs, and provides sample layouts
A number of different countries have embraced sustainable drainage, either on its own or as part of a broader approach to managing the water cycle. In America SuDS is often referred to as Best Management Practices (BMPs), or Low Impact Developments (LIDs). In Australia a sustainable drainage approach is often incorporated in Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD), and in New Zealand they are beginning to use Low Impact Urban Development)
The website for America’s leading independent research organisation dedicated to stormwater issues.
US EPA, 2012
A website containing technical and regulatory information about the EPA’s stormwater water programme.
A website providing information about integrated watershed management.
LID Center, 2012
A website providing information on protecting the environment and water resources through better development design and replicating nature.
Portland BES, 2012
A website providing information on their approach to stormwater management in Portland
An Australian website and initiative exploring many approaches and research themes related to delivering better water management and Water Sensitive Urban Design
An Australian website for the Centre for Water Sensitive Cities which is championing better water management and Water Sensitive Urban Design.
A website that provides support to Australian council to improve urban water management.
An Australian capacity building programme to support ecological sustainable water management.
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