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- Section 175 guidance
Dam owners, contractors and councils have obligations to ensure dams are safe.
A dam is defined in section seven of the Building Act 2004.
(a) means an artificial barrier, and its appurtenant structures that:
(i) is constructed to hold back water or other fluid under constant pressure so as to form a reservoir
(ii) is used for the storage, control, or diversion of water or other fluid
(i) a flood control dam
(ii) a natural feature that has been significantly modified to function as a dam
(iii) a canal
(c) but does not include a stopbank designed to control floodwaters.