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


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

SEPA guidance

Please contact us before progressing any applications. 

PART A installations

A series of documents designed to guide industry through monitoring:

PART B installations

The guide provides information on how the PPC regime will operate for Part B in Scotland, including:

  • How to find out if you fall under the PPC Regulations;
  • How to make an application;
  • How to vary a permit under PPC;
  • How your applications will be treated; and
  • What various terms within the regulations actually mean

Associated with this guide are a number of supplementary guidance notes covering certain aspects of PPC in more detail. These are:

Additional guidance

Best available techniques

Application forms