EA National Abstraction Licensing dataset

This dataset details all sites covered under the Water Act 2003 where all abstractions of 20 cubic metres or more require an abstraction licence. The dataset consist of two tables holding: (1) live licences in England and Wales, excluding expired, lapsed and revoked licences. (2) details of annual and daily maximum abstraction quantities permitted under the licence. The two tables are related by the Licence number (Licence_No). One licence can cover more than one abstraction point and multiple purposes. EA identifier for this dataset is AFA135.

In addition the Environment Agency can provide monthly abstraction volumes for recent years for larger licences, where this information is returned by the abstractor.


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Spatial representation type
Tabular (text)
Spatial reference system
OSGB 1936 / British National Grid


Topic categories
National National River Flow and Networks Tabular Water Use