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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.


Please note that in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, all SEPA offices closed on 20 March 2020.

Given this there may be some application paperwork that we have not been able to access at this time.  We will endeavour to process this information as soon as reasonably practicable but there may be a significant delay in doing so. 

Determination timelines would not begin until SEPA has been able to date stamp the application paperwork. 

Please contact us at you think your application work has not been processed.  Please note that some applications may be returned to sender by royal mail.  In these cases you can re-submit applications electronically.


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.