Cyber-attack & data theft: Our response & service status

Waste carriers and brokers

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Waste carriers and brokers

If you transport waste or arrange to have it transported as part of your business, you must register with us, even if you only deal with it once in a while.

If you don’t, you could face a fine of up to £5,000.

If you transport the waste yourself you must register as a waste carrier.

If you arrange to have it carried you must register as a waste broker.

If you'll be transporting waste between Scotland, England and Wales, you only need to register with one Agency.

For transport to and from Northern Ireland, you need to register with us and also register with the Northern Ireland Environment Agency.

To renew

For businesses wanting to register for the first time, or renew, you can use our online service (see To register section below).

If your registration expired in the period between 24 December 2020 and 30 September 2021 SEPA will treat it as extended until 31 October 2021. Please note that our renewal service is now available and you should apply for your renewal prior to 31 October 2021.

To register

Registration required


Carrier or broker (new registration)


Combined carrier or broker (new registration)


Carrier or broker (renewal)


Combined carrier and broker (renewal)


After you register

Your answers and registration will be added to the public register. (Please note, we are currently unable to access any documentation on our public register and unfortunately cannot provide any documentation regarding authorised sites or ongoing applications.)

The registration will take the form of an email, which will be sent directly to you. We are not currently sending registrations as PDF attachments.

Your registration will be valid for three years, after which you can renew it for a reduced fee.

SEPA is required by the Scottish Public Finance Manual (SPFM) to recover our costs for regulating activities, including the development, running and maintenance of services.


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.