Authorisations and permits

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Business activities that may cause pollution or that pose another risk to the environment are regulated and you must ensure that you have appropriate authorisation for the activities your business carries out.

Service status

A sophisticated criminal cyber-attack has had a major impact on the way SEPA works. We are working through all the services that we provide to understand what we need to do in the short and longer term to restore services. We are approaching this work with a sense of urgency.

Service status update: Permitting

What are we able to do now?

Please see below for the services we are now running in relation to:

We are working hard to re-establish the ability to receive, verify and determine applications for authorisations for PPC Part A activities (including for waste management activities regulated under PPC). For now we remain unable to undertake this work. However, if you think your application is business critical please contact us at ppcpermitting@sepa.org.uk to discuss. 

What should you do now?

For all listed services, we are able to accept pre-application proposals, new applications, variations, transfers and surrenders. Please do not submit any other type of application at this time and check regular updates.

Contact us if you had submitted an application prior to 24 December 2020 and have not yet received an update on your application.

Authorisations and permits

In this section of our website, you can learn more about:

In all cases, we strongly advise that you contact us to discuss any activity discussion with us before preparing and submitting an application.

We can advise you on how to prepare your application, what guidance is available and what type of information you will need to provide in order to prove to us that your activity will not harm the environment.

Much of our business is dedicated to licensing and enforcement activity, including carrying out inspections, reviews, variations, and revocations of licences.

In our bid to be a careful and efficient regulator, we aim to use the simplest and most efficient methods to apply and enforce the law.

By making it clear to customers how they can comply with the law and giving guidance on the best environmental practice, we can ease the burden of regulation while ensuring the best outcomes for the environment, human health, the economy and wider society.