A sophisticated criminal cyberattack 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.
- Check the service status
- Approach to Delivery of Services Until June 2021
- Information about the cyber-attack
Currently we can only provide a very limited permitting service.
What are we able to do now (status update 15 April)?
We are currently unable to receive, verify or determine applications for Waste Management Licences, Simple Waste Exemptions, Controlled Activities in the Water Environment, including registration of new private sewage systems, and PPC Part A & B.
The exceptions to this are existing private sewage treatment systems (septic tanks); Waste Carrier Licences; Complex Waste Management Exemptions; and Applications under Environmental Authorisations (Scotland) Regulations (EASR) and the Radioactive Substances Act 1993.
What should you do now?
- Please do not submit any applications, beyond the exceptions above, at this time and check regular updates.
Contact us if you had submitted an application prior to 24 December 2020 and your authorisation is required urgently within the next three weeks.
Next update: 23 April 2021
The following service is available:
- existing private sewage treatment systems (septic tanks)
- registration of new waste carriers and brokers
If your registration is due to expire before 1 April 2021 SEPA will treat it as extended until 30 June 2021. We will provide updated information on how to submit a renewal application when this is available.
Our offices are closed to all except a few critical staff following the guidance on COVID-19. We are unable to send or receive mail through the post and have put a Keep Safe in place. Please do not send any application by post to SEPA at this time.
Please refer to the above information on service status and communicating with SEPA before progressing an application. Do not post paper applications to us. Do not email applications unless instructed to do so by SEPA.
Guidance: this explains how the scheme works.
The forms, guidance and charging information for each regulated activity are grouped into the following categories:
- Pollution Prevention and Control (PPC)
- Radioactive substances (RSA)
- Waste management (WM/WCR/WML/WMX)
- Water - Controlled Activities Regulations (CAR)
- Fee waiver
Pollution Prevention & Control (PPC) - please contact us before submitting an application form
PPC 2012 (From 7 January 2013 applicable to applications for a new permit only or changes to a permit issued under PPC 2012):
Part A Installations (Part A): For a permit, variation, transfer or surrender
Part A Installations (Part E): For a surrender
Part B Installations (Part E): For a permit, variation or transfer
Radioactive Substances (RS) - please contact us before submitting an application form
|Guidance documentation||Application forms||Fee documentation|
You may also find it useful to read our Application Information Note which sets out the process of applying for an authorisation under EASR & RSA93.
SEPA has made changes to the standard conditions for radioactive substances activities. We have summarised the key changes in Notice of revision to the standard conditions for radioactive substances activities
The type of authorisation you will require is set out in the Radioactive Substances Authorisation Guide.
Section 1 – General information
Section 2 – Further information
Section 3 – Radioactive material holdings
Section 4 – Limits for liquid discharges to environment
Section 5 – Limits for gaseous discharges to environment
Section 6 – Transfer of radioactive waste to another person
Section 7 – Disposal of radioactive waste on your site
Section 8 – Receipt of radioactive waste from another person
FOR OFFSHORE ONLY
All other offshore applications should use the forms below:
Section 1: General information
Section 2: Unsealed source registration
Section 3: Radioactive waste characterisation, accumulation and disposal
Section 4: Accumulation and treatment of radioactive waste
Section 5: Liquid radioactive waste disposals
Section 6: Gaseous radioactive waste disposals
Section 7: Radioactive waste disposal by transfer to another person
Section 8: Radioactive waste disposals to the offshore environment
S7 & S10 sealed source application form:
Transfrontier Shipments of Radioactive Substances
From 1st January 2021 The Shipments of Radioactive Substance (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 will apply and will revoke EC Regulation (EURATOM) No 1493/93. New declarations for import to the UK from EU of sealed sources from 1st January 2021 will need to be made on a new form under these regulations. The new form can be found on the UK Government website.
Consents issued for imports from the EU into the UK prior to 31st December 2020 will continue to be valid until their specified expiry date. There are no requirements under these regulations to make a prior written declaration when shipping sealed radioactive sources from the UK to the EU. However, UK exporters to the EU should seek guidance from the European Commission and EU countries on any requirements they must comply with before shipping.
Transfrontier Shipments of Radioactive Waste and Spent Fuel
From 1st January 2021 The Transfrontier Shipment of Radioactive Waste and Spent Fuel (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 will apply and will revoke The Transfrontier Shipment of Radioactive Waste and Spent Fuel Regulations 2008. Authorisations for shipments with or via the EU will cease to be valid from 1 January 2021. Applications for shipments from 1st January 2021 will need to be made on new forms under these regulations. The new forms can be found on the UK Government website.
You may also need to consider whether you have any obligations under the Transfrontier shipment of waste regulations.
Environmental Regulation (Scotland) Charging Scheme 2018 -Bands B and C
Waste Management (WM/WCR/WML/WMX) - please contact us before submitting an application form
Water - Controlled Activities Regulations (CAR) - please contact us before submitting an application form
Fee wavier - please contact us before submitting an application form
|Guidance document||Application forms||Fee documentation|
|Guidance on waivers for annual charges||Application to waive annual charges||Environmental Regulation (Scotland) Charging Scheme 2018|