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

Do I need an authorisation?

Service status

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 6 May 2021: Permitting

What are we able to do now?

Please see below for the services we are now running in relation to:

We are working hard to re-establish the ability to receive, verify and determine applications for Waste Management Licences, Controlled Activities in the Water Environment which are not listed above, and PPC Part A.  For now, we remain unable to undertake this work.

What should you do now?

We are only able to accept applications listed below; 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: 14 May 2021

Do I need an authorisation?

Some activities carried out by business or industry can, potentially, be harmful to environment.

As Scotland’s principal environmental regulator, we issue a range of authorisations designed to control activities that could lead to pollution or environmental damage.

This section of our website will help you find out if your activity requires a licence or other authorisation.

Do I need any authorisation?

Authorisations are managed and regulated according to the nature of your activity.

You must contact us ito discuss your activity before preparing and submitting any application.

How do I find out what authorisation my activity requires?

What does your proposed activity involve?

Non-licenced and exempt activities

There are a number of activities that do not require formal authorisation, however they can and often do require prior approval.

 These activities include:

We strongly advise that you contact us before undertaking any of these activities.

We can advise you and help you acquire approval, as well as undertake inspections or checks to ensure that your arrangements are in order before you start your activity.