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Agricultural regulation and guidance
Controlled Activities Regulations (CAR)
Four point plan
Farm soils plan
Prevention of Environmental Pollution From Agricultural Activity (PEPFAA code) – Code of good practice
The purpose of the PEPFAA codeis to provide practical guidance for farmers and those involved in agricultural activities, on minimising the ris ...
Sustainable riverbank protection
You can protect your river banks from erosion sustainably and cost-effectively using trees or parts of trees to absorb and deflect the force of the river. This page provides information about the different techniques available. Working in partnership with the National Farmers’ Union Scotland, individual farmers and other land managers, we have set up a network of demonstration sites across the co ...
Intervention Design Manual
The LIFE SMART Waste project's Intervention Design Manual is a practical guide to designing interventions for dealing with waste crime. It sets out a method to plan, test and evaluate the use of interventions and is supported by Mini Guides that provide additional information for:
Analysing the situation and problems (Mini guide 1)
Getting started with modelling solutions, using iDepend (Mini gui ...
Water regulations in the Scottish environment
Activities such as discharges to the water environment, abstractions, and physical works in rivers and lochs can threaten the water environment and the animals and people that rely on it.
This section explains the regulations that protect Scotland’s water environment, what kind of permissions you will need and information on any charges that may apply.
What water regulations apply in Scotland? ...
SEPA and hydropower applications, including what applicants need to do when applying.
We support the development of hydropower in Scotland, while aiming to strike an appropriate balance between these schemes and protecting the water environment and its users.
Hydropower developments in Scotland are regulated by the Water Environment (Controlled Activities) (Scotland) Regulations 2011 more commonly known as CAR regulations – and their amendments.
If you are developing a hydropower s ...
Requirements and processes for applying, managing and regulation abstraction of water from the environment.
An abstraction is the removal or diversion of water from the natural water environment, by a variety of means, including pumps, pipes, boreholes and wells.
Abstractions are regulated by the Water Environment (Controlled Activities) (Scotland) Regulations 2011 – more commonly known as the Controlled Activity Regulations (CAR) – and their further amendments. Our introduction to the regulations summ ...
Regulation and licencing of impoundments in the Scottish environment.
An impoundment is any dam, weir or other structure that can raise the water level of a water body above its natural level.
The uses of impoundments include:
the creation of a new reservoir;
maintaining or raising water levels within a wetland;
raising the water level of a natural loch, estuary or even coastal waters.
‘On-line’ impoundments hold back water in wetlands, rive ...
Any activity likely to cause pollution to the water environment must be carefully controlled and managed to prevent damage.
Pollution control is managed by the Water Environment (Controlled Activities) (Scotland) Regulations 2011 – more commonly known as the Controlled Activity Regulations (CAR) – and their further amendments. Our introduction to the regulations summarises the main features of th ...
Diffuse pollution in the rural environment
Information on our rural diffuse pollution work.
A programme of rural diffuse pollution work started in March 2010, to help deliver the objectives outlined in the river basin management plans (RBMPs) for the Scotland and Solway-Tweed river basin districts.
Diffuse pollution priority catchments have been identified by SEPA as catchments failing to meet environmental standards. Visit our diffuse pollution priority catchments page for more informa ...
Regulation of engineering works in the water environment and the application process.
Engineering works – including the removal of sediment (gravel, sand, silt) from rivers and lochs – can cause damage to the water environment.
The scope of engineering works authorised by the Water Environment (Controlled Activities) (Scotland) Regulations 2011 (CAR) and their amendments applies to all engineering, building or other works in inland surface waters (including wetlands) and works in ...