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  1. 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 ...

  2. Water

    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? ...

  3. Hydropower

    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 ...

  4. Abstractions

    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 ...

  5. Impoundment

    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; flood storage; 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 ...

  6. Pollution control

    Pollution control
    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 ...

  7. 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 informat ...

  8. Engineering

    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 ...

  9. Oil storage in Scotland

    The Water Environment (Oil Storage) (Scotland) Regulations 2006 have been revoked. The provisions of these Regulations are now in the Water Environment (Controlled Activities) (Scotland) Regulations 2011 (as amended). The oil storage requirements remain the same except for the following: There is no longer an exemption for sites where there is an onward distribution of oil Premises security is ...

  10. Engineering guidance

    Position statements Regulatory methods SEPA supporting guidance: good practice guides Dredging guidance Bank protection guidance Gold panning guidance Biosecurity and non-native species Position statements These set out our approach to particular issues that arise during the regulatory process: WAT-PS-06-02: Culverting of Watercourses    (122k)   WAT-PS-06-03: SEPA's Position State ...