Terms

Abstractions

General Registration Conditions (Abstractions)

1. Other than as specifically permitted or limited by any condition of this authorisation, the authorised activities shall not have a significant adverse impact on, or cause pollution of, the water environment.
2. There shall be a means of demonstrating that the abstraction is within the registered daily volume limit, such as a means of measuring the rate of the abstraction or a means of demonstrating that the maximum volume that could be abstracted cannot exceed the registered daily volume limit in any one day.
3. Water leakage shall be kept to a minimum by ensuring all pipe work, storage tanks and other equipment associated with the abstraction and use of the water are maintained in a state of good repair.


Discharges

General Registration Conditions (Discharges)

1. Other than as specifically permitted or limited by any condition of this authorisation, the authorised activities shall not have a significant adverse impact on, or cause pollution of, the water environment.
2. The effluent treatment system shall be maintained in accordance with the manufacturers or designer’s recommendations, and in any event, in good working order.


Engineering

Note: Prior to the commencement of works, you are advised to consult the owners of any private drinking water supplies in the vicinity and assess the potential impact of the proposed works on those private drinking water supplies.

General Registration Conditions (Engineering)

1. Other than as specifically permitted or limited by any condition of this authorisation, none of the Authorised Activities shall have a significant adverse impact on, or cause pollution of, the water environment.
2. All reasonable steps shall be taken to prevent the transport of sediments or other matter disturbed by the Authorised Activities into waters beyond the worked stretch.
3. The Authorised Activities shall not destabilise the bed or banks of the inland surface water.
4. Vegetation shall be removed only to the extent necessary to carry out the Authorised Activities.  Any vegetation that is removed shall not be disposed of into any inland surface water.
5. The Authorised Activities shall not prevent the free passage of migratory fish.
6. The Authorised Activities must be carried out so as not to cause a restriction to flood flow, and/or exacerbate the risk of flooding on or off-site.
7. Where a temporary bridge or culvert is installed to facilitate the Authorised Activities, the culvert shall not extend more than 10 metres along the length of the inland surface water and shall be removed on completion of the Authorised Activities.
8. Where an area of inland surface water is isolated in order to carry out the Authorised Activities, e.g. by over pumping, the isolated area shall cover as small a surface area as possible and the watercourse shall be returned to the original channel as soon as possible after completion of the Authorised Activities.

(i)  The inflow to any pumps used shall be screened so as to ensure that fish are not drawn into the pump during its operation.

(ii)  Open channel diversions shall not be used.
9. Any vehicle, plant or other equipment shall only operate in water where it is impracticable for it to operate on dry land.
10. If any vehicle, plant or equipment enters the water for the purposes of carrying out the Authorised Activities, all reasonable steps shall be taken to minimise damage to the bed and banks of the surface water.
11. Vehicles, plant or other equipment shall not be operated in an inland surface water during periods in which fish are likely to be spawning in that inland surface water nor during the period between any such spawning and the subsequent emergence of the juvenile fish; and
12. Any vehicle, plant or other equipment shall not operate in water where there is a reasonable likelihood that, within 50 metres of such an operation, there are freshwater pearl mussels.
13. Any vehicle, plant or other equipment used in or near surface waters shall not leak any oil.
14. Unless condition O below applies, the refuelling and washing of any vehicle, plant or other equipment shall be undertaken at least 10 metres from any surface water or any groundwater abstraction point, and run-off from such washing shall not enter any surface water.
15. Any static plant or equipment used within 10 metres of surface water shall be positioned on a suitably sized and maintained impervious drip tray with a capacity equal to 110% of the capacity of the fuel tank.
16. None of the authorised activities shall have a significant adverse impact on private drinking water supplies.

Additional conditions for Removal of a Registration-level structure

17. The banks and bed of the watercourse shall be re-instated at least to the equivalent condition of  the bed and banks of the watercourse in the immediate vicinity of the site from where the structure was removed.
18. Bank re-profiling shall not result in the heightening of either bank or the widening, or narrowing, of the channel width.
19. Areas of bare earth on re-profiled banks shall be re-established with an appropriate mix of native riparian vegetation or lined with a biodegradable geotextile.
20. For removal of a bridge, bridging culvert, pipe/cable crossing or bed reinforcement, the Authorised Activity shall not be undertaken during periods in which fish are likely to be spawning in the watercourse nor in the period between any such spawning and the subsequent emergence of the juvenile fish.


Important information

If your activity is registered, it will require to be carried out in accordance with the terms of the application, and the conditions detailed above. To contravene the terms of the application or the conditions would constitute an offence under regulation 44 of the Water Environment (Controlled Activities) (Scotland) Regulations 2011.

It is an offence under regulation 44 of the Water Environment (Controlled Activities) (Scotland) Regulations 2011 to make a statement which you know to be false or misleading in any material particular, or recklessly make a statement which is false or misleading in any material particular for the purpose of obtaining a registration (for yourself or anyone else) or seeking a variation of a registration.

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