Cyber-Attack: Our Response and Service Status

Surrendering 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 26 February 2021: Permitting

What are we able to do now?

  • 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. Please do not submit any application or contact us unless you require authorisation within the next three weeks.

What should you do now?

  • Please do not submit any applications at this time and check regular updates.
  • Contact us if your authorisation is required urgently within the next three weeks.

Next update: 5 March 2021

Surrendering an authorisation

We are also not able to accept the surrender of an authorisation at this time.

You can contact us using our online contact form