Charging schemes and summary charging booklets

Environmental Regulation (Scotland) Charging Scheme 2016

SEPA will increase charges under the Environmental Regulation (Scotland) Charging Scheme by RPI at a rate of 2% for the financial year 2017-2018. We have a list of the new fees for the 2017-2018 year. 

The Environmental Regulation (Scotland) Charging Scheme 2016 has replaced five previous schemes with a single risk-based scheme. These changes stem from our effort to improve environmental regulation, link our effort and charges to environmental risk and so help Scotland develop in a sustainable way. The following five schemes have been replaced:

    1. waste management;
    2. waste exemptions;
    3. pollution prevention and control;
    4. the holding/disposal of radioactive substances (Band B and C);
    5. water activities including abstraction, discharge, impoundment and engineering.

Information about development of the new scheme is available on our Charging Scheme Development web page.

We are continually improving our guidance in response to customer feedback. Version 5 was published on 18 October 2016, previous versions of the guidance are available on request from

Other current charging schemes

The fees to be charged  in 2017/18 under these other schemes  have been held at the same level as 2015/16 fees.

Previous charging schemes

The following legal schemes were replaced on 1 April 2016 by our current schemes.

Previous charging scheme booklet