Request Sandbags


Information on how to request sandbags in the event of flooding.

South Somerset District Council keeps a limited stock of sandbags and gel-filled ‘expandable’ bags for use in flooding emergencies. 

South Somerset District Council’s stated policy in respect of the provision of sandbags is as follows: 

Priority will be given in the provision of sandbags to domestic property at imminent risk of an internal flooding emergency and that the number of free sandbags will normally be limited to 6 per external doorway (excluding doorways to garages or outbuildings) .”

Please note that this is a discretionary service i.e. there is no statutory requirement to provide them. The service is also subject to availability of resources which can often be stretched in emergency situations.  To request sandbags in an emergency please phone us on 01935 462462 (when the offices are closed you will need to hold on and be transferred to our Out of Hours cover for emergencies).

Additional bags, in small quantities and subject to availability, can be purchased and collected from SSDC’s Lufton depot for a charge of £3.52 each. 

In recognition of the fact that all property owners need to consider ‘self-help’ options in advance to protect their property from flooding they may wish to purchase sandbags (filled or empty) from alternative sources. They can be obtained from most local builders merchants or from the following suppliers who can deliver filled sandbags for as little as £3 each. 

Environment Agency (Floodline) Tel: 0845 988 1188

Pennine Aggregates LtdTel: 01298 78410

Baileys (of Norfolk) Ltd. Tel: 01603 754607

SG Baker LtdTel: 0800 612 9637

Handy Sandbags. Tel: 01872 560353 or Mobile: 07850 153860

South Somerset District Council accepts no responsibility for any issues arising from purchases made from these suppliers.

If sandbags are not available property owners might want to consider alternatives such as rolled-up mats/carpets, bags of garden compost, pillow cases filled with soil (don’t overfill them), timber boards (possibly screwed to door frames and sealed with mastic).