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.
- Check the service status
- Approach to Delivery of Services Until June 2021
- Information about the cyber-attack
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:
- Existing private sewage treatment systems (septic tanks);
- Complex Waste Management Exemptions;
- Applications under Environmental Authorisations (Scotland) Regulations (EASR) and the Radioactive Substances Act 1993;
- Waste Carrier Licences;
- Marine and freshwater pen fish farm authorisations;
- Water Engineering authorisations;
- Construction Site Licenses (run-off permits);
- PPC Part B authorisations;
- Trans-frontier Shipment of Waste.
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
Please contact us before progressing any applications.
PART A installations
- PPC Part A BAT conclusions review guidance (IED-TG-43)
- Derogation from BAT-AEL guidance (IED-TG-44)
- SEPA site and baseline report guidance (IED TG02) (0.97mb)- This guidance has been updated to reflect the changes brought about by the requirements of the Industrial Emissions Directive and PPC 2012 regulations.
- Previous guidance (SEPA Site Report Guidance (IPPCTG02)) may still be relevant for decisions made on permits issued under the PPC 2000 regulations. Please contact us for further information.
- SEPA soil and groundwater monitoring technical guidance (IED TG42) (172kb)
- Resource use and efficiency systematic assessment (please see the following two documents)
- Systematic assessment of resource use and efficiency template (IED-T-04) (1.3Mb)
- Systematic assessment of resource use and efficiency supporting guidance (IED-TG-04) (492kb)
- PPC Part A Installations: Guide for Applicants (100kb)
- Identifying a Substantial Change Variation (IED-TG-03) (557kb)
- Low impact - Benchmark guidance for determining 'low impact installations' under the PPC charging scheme (173kb)
- Noise - Guidance on the control of noise at PPC installations (504kb)
- Noise - Summary guidance for PPC applicants (70kb)
- Noise - Noise emissions from vehicle reversing alarms (329kb)
- IED-TG-09: Guidance on PPC Activity capacity/threshold
A series of documents designed to guide industry through monitoring:
- QG1 - Selecting CEMs V1 - SEPA version 1 (126kb)
- QG2 - WID CEMs - SEPA version 1 (111kb)
- QG3- Applying EN 14181 - SEPA version 1 (63kb)
- QG4 - Monitoring under the WID when CEMs are not available - SEPA version 1 (152kb)
- QG5 - Monitoring NOx - SEPA version 1 (105kb)
- QG6 - Calibrating PM monitoring CEMs - SEPA version 1 (150kb)
- QG7 - Monitoring VOCs - SEPA version 1 (138kb)
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:
- PPCSGN1 – The PPC Part B application procedure (109kb)
- PPCSGN2 – Variation and transfer of Part B permits (73kb)
- PPCSGN3 – Required standards and BAT including factors to be considered in determining BAT (90kb)
- PPCSGN4 – The meaning of substantial change and triviality for PPC Part B activities (105kb)
- TG22 - Burning biomass (222kb)
- Advice to SEPA personnel on how to identify waste facilities that fall to be regulated as an installation listed under Section 5.3 of the Pollution Prevention and Control (Scotland) Regulations 2000, as amended (80kb)
- SEPA's odour guidance 2010
- Sector guidance note SG11 (draft): Guidance for wood products preservation with chemicals (628kb)
- Supporting guidance for timber treatment (202kb)
- SEPA’s standard farming installation rules (How to comply) incorporating PPC application guidance
- IED-NCP-P-02 - Guidance on assessing ammonia emissions from intensive agriculture on designated conservation sites
Best available techniques
- Visit our best available techniques page for further reference documents
- Visit our application forms page to view PPC aplication forms