What are they for?
In 2003, an ambitious piece of European environmental
legislation called the Water Framework Directive (WFD) resulted in
the Water Environment and Water Services (Scotland) Act 2003 (WEWS
Act) becoming law in Scotland.
The WEWS Act gave Scottish ministers powers to introduce
regulatory controls over water activities, in order to protect,
improve and promote sustainable use of Scotland’s water
environment. This includes wetlands, rivers, lochs, transitional
waters (estuaries), coastal waters and groundwater.
The Water Environment (Controlled
Activities) (Scotland) Regulations 2011
These regulations are more commonly known as the Controlled
Activity Regulations (CAR).
If you intend to carry out any activity which may affect Scotland’s
water environment, you must be authorised to do so.
Discharges, disposal to land, abstractions, impoundments and
engineering works are all regulated by SEPA. Use the links on the
left to find out more about which regime your activity falls under,
what kind of permission you need to continue operating and the
charges that may apply.
A timetable of action to monitor and
plan for the protection of the water environment has also been