Do you live, work or play in a flood prone area?

Open our Interactive Map and select 'Flood data' on the left hand side to identify your flood risk.

(Note: This map shows current adopted flood studies only. If the land in question is adjacent to a water course, that is outside our adopted flood mapping please refer to Chapter 9 of the Cessnock Development Control Plan).(PDF, 141MB)

What to do during a flood event

You can also find more information about how to prepare for a flood event on the Bureau of Meteorology website.

After the event

Cessnock City Council is responsible for managing clean-up tasks after a flood event. We coordinate repairs to damaged public assets such as roads, parks, trees and drainage and secure government funding to cover infrastructure damage.

Floodplain management in the Cessnock LGA

We're working with our community to reduce the risk of flooding and manage flood prone areas in the Cessnock Local Government Area (LGA). 

Flood risk in the LGA is managed in accordance with the NSW Floodplain Development Manual 2005.

Draft Cessnock City Wide Flood Study

The Draft Cessnock City Wide Flood Study 2021 is now on public exhibition. The draft study provides flood data for the entire local government area.  It will enable residents and property owners to know and understand the impact of flooding in their area, especially when buying and developing land. 


Floodplain management in NSW

The State Government’s Flood Policy is aimed at:

  • providing solutions to existing flooding problems in developed areas
  • ensuring that new development is compatible with the flood hazards

Under the policy, the management of flood liable land remains the responsibility of local government. The policy provides for technical and financial support by the Government through the following four stages:

1. Flood Study - to determine the nature and extent of flooding

2. Floodplain Risk Management Study - to evaluate management options for the floodplain in respect of both existing and proposed development)

3. Floodplain Risk Management Plan - involves formal adoption by Council of a plan of management for the floodplain

4. Implementation of the Plan - construction of flood mitigation works to protect existing development and use of Local Environmental Plans to ensure new development is compatible with the flood hazards

Flood development controls

All land at or below the flood planning level will be subject to flood development controls. Please refer to Chapter 9 of the Cessnock Development Control Plan.

 Fore more information view the State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Code).

Flood Information Certificates

Flood Information Certificates show summarised information about flooding for individual properties, most often based on the computer calculations and mapping carried out by Council.

Information to assist in preparing development applications is provided on the Certificates where available. Download a flood level enquiry application form here.(PDF, 84KB)

South Cessnock Flood Mitigation Scheme

The South Cessnock Flood Mitigation Scheme was presented at a public meeting held on on 30 July 2020. Access the presented information below: