Public participation under PPC

The Public Participation Directive (PPD) was issued by the European Commission in order to provide members of the public with opportunities to participate on the permitting and ongoing regulation of certain categories of activities within Member States. Such opportunities are provided through access to information, justice, and through consultation on certain key documents.  

The directive makes specific changes to the way in which we determine and issue applications regarding permits under the Pollution Prevention and Control regime. The following pages reflect the new ways in which you can get involved in the PPC permitting process. If you are in doubt about any application or permit in your area you should contact your local office in the first instance.  

The public participation process will be subject to some changes with the implementation of the Pollution Prevention and Control (Scotland) Regulations 2012 and this page will be updated to reflect this.  

Pollution Prevention and Control – the permitting process  

The Pollution Prevention and Control (Scotland) Regulations 2012 (PPC 2012) came into force on 7 January 2013.  However, operators with existing PPC Permits will continue to operate under the Pollution Prevention and Control (Scotland) Regulations 2000 as amended until 7 January 2014. New operators will be permitted under the new 2012 regulations.  

Operators who wish to operate an installation prescribed within Schedule 1 or 2 of the Pollution Prevention and Control (Scotland) Regulations 2012 must apply to SEPA for a permit.  

The range of activities that require a permit is fairly broad, from relatively small industrial activities through to power stations, refineries and some waste activities.  

If you believe that you currently operate or may wish to operate an activity that might be covered by the Pollution Prevention and Control (PPC) regime then it is best to talk about your work with a member of staff located within your local SEPA office.  

The type of activity you undertake influences the type of application you will have to make. The PPC regime covers two categories of activities, Part A activities and Part B activities.

  • Part A activities are generally larger industrial activities. Permits issued to Part A operators can permit discharges to land, air and water.
  • Part B activities are generally smaller industrial activities. Permits issued to Part B operators can permit discharges to air only.