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.
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 22 July 2021: Permitting
What are we able to do now?
Please see below for the services we are now running in relation to:
- Existing private sewage treatment systems (septic tanks);
- Complex Waste Management Exemptions;
- Simple waste management exemptions;
- Applications under Environmental Authorisations (Scotland) Regulations (EASR) and the Radioactive Substances Act 1993;
- Waste Carrier Licences;
- Marine and freshwater pen fish farm authorisations;
- Water Engineering authorisations;
- Construction Site Licenses (run-off permits);
- PPC Part B authorisations;
- Trans-frontier Shipment of Waste;
- Water resources authorisations;
- Waste Management Licences under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and Waste Management (Scotland) Regulations 2011
- Point source authorisations (Controlled activities regulations - CAR).
- Managed and orphan radioactive substances
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) and for Controlled Activities in the Water Environment which are not listed above. For now we remain unable to undertake this work.
What should you do now?
We are only able to accept applications outlined above; 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.
Next update: 30 July 2021
Authorisations and permits
In this section of our website, you can learn more about:
- whether or not your activity requires authorisation
- how to apply for an authorisation
- how we charge for authorisations
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.