Elaboration of rules and norms for land use in flood areas, including the coding procedure for buildings, Romania

Location: Romania


The project was foreseen as an institutional and legislative measure in the Flood Risk Management Plans (first cycle). Without the project, Romania is unable to implement measures to avoid increasing future flood risk through land use planning and development control.


The first activity carried out in the project was to identify existing rules and norms (existing legislation) for land use in flood areas, and to develop new norms and rules for land use in flood areas, adapted to the requirements of the National Flood Risk Management strategy on medium and long term (GD846/2010). These assessments led to a proposal of implementing a sequential risk based approach at a national level, with the following principles:

Avoid, substitute, justify, mitigate and proceed.

After assessing the legal framework in the scope of the project, we have elaborated the coding procedure for buildings in flood zones to mitigate flood damage, together with a set of rules for adaptation of buildings located in flood areas.

All of the project findings have been wrapped into a proposal for a normative act to define norms and rules for land use and adaptation of constructions in flood areas. To guide the application of the normative act and to highlight the main changes that the risk based approach is delivering, several case studies on different pilot basins have been drafted, using representative hydro-morphological conditions.


The project enables Romania, through sustainable development, to implement first cycle Floods Directive measures to avoid or prevent new flood risks.

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