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 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.
- The exceptions to this are existing private sewage treatment systems (septic tanks); Waste Carrier Licences; Complex Waste Management Exemptions; and Applications under Environmental Authorisations (Scotland) Regulations (EASR) and the Radioactive Substances Act 1993.
What should you do now?
- Please do not submit any applications at this time and check regular updates.
- Contact us at sepa.org.uk/contact if your authorisation is required urgently within the next three weeks.
Next update: 5 March 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