Formal consultations and external event activities

Everyday SEPA works to protect and enhance Scotland's environment, helping communities and businesses thrive within the resources of our planet. We call this One Planet Prosperity.

To achieve One Planet Prosperity we will talk with those who matter most – our communities, the businesses we regulate and their stakeholders and our partners. We encourage feedback on the consultations you’ll find on this hub and your feedback will help to shape the delivery of our work in clearer, more powerful ways.

We welcome your participation in any of our consultations that interest you.

Recent consultations are displayed below, but you can also search for consultations in other ways including by keyword, postcode and interest.

Consultations on applications under the Radioactive Substances Act 1993 and applications under the Water Environment (Controlled Activities) (Scotland) Regulations 2011 can be found on the SEPA website.

Open Consultations

  • Consultation on the hydro abstraction scheme charges

    This consultation document outlines the proposed changes for the subsistence fees we charge under The Environmental Regulation (Scotland) Charging Scheme for hydro-electric installations regulated by SEPA under the Water Environment (Controlled Activities) (Scotland) Regulations 2011 for... More

    Closes 10 February 2021

  • Protecting Scotland's groundwaters from pollution

    The Scottish Government is consulting on improvements to the way in which we protect groundwater in Scotland. The 'Protecting Scotland's groundwater from pollution' consultation proposes: revised environmental standards; an updated list of groundwater hazardous... More

    Closes 12 February 2021

  • Water resources management plan consultation

    Everyday the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) works to protect and enhance Scotland’s environment, helping communities and businesses thrive within the resources of our planet. This is the basis of One Planet Prosperity – Our Regulatory Strategy . This strategy sets out ways... More

    Closes 12 March 2021

  • Flood Risk Management Strategies and Local Flood Risk Management Plans

    This is the consultation hub for Scotland's draft Flood Risk Management Strategies and Local Flood Risk Management Plans. The consultation is open from 21 December 2020 until 22 June 2021. It will be delivered in two phases: Phase one: 21 December 2020 - 21 March 2021 ... More

    Closes 22 June 2021

  • The draft river basin management plan for Scotland 2021 - 2027

    The river basin management plan (RBMP) sets out how Scottish Government, SEPA, other responsible authorities and partners work together to protect and improve the water environment in Scotland. The plan aims to prevent deterioration and improve the quality of the water environment to at least... More

    Closes 22 June 2021

Closed Consultations

  • Proposed Revision of Radioactive Substances Activities Standard Condition C.4.1.

    The purpose of this consultation is to inform you of our proposal to revise condition C.4.1 of the standard conditions for radioactive substances activities (transfer of radioactive waste outside of the United Kingdom) made under the Environmental Authorisations (Scotland) Regulations 2018... More

    Closed 18 December 2020

  • Consultation on the revised guidance on the use of enforcement action

    In 2014, the Regulatory Reform (Scotland) Act was passed, giving SEPA its statutory purpose to protect and improve the environment in ways that, as far as possible, create health and well-being benefits and sustainable economic growth. One Planet Prosperity is our regulatory strategy for... More

    Closed 17 December 2020

  • Radioactive substances activities charges consultation

    This consultation document outlines the proposed changes for the fees we charge for regulating radioactive substances activities. These activities are those regulated under the Environmental Authorisations (Scotland) Regulations 2018 (EASR) and those still covered by the Radioactive... More

    Closed 15 December 2020

  • Revised guidance regarding provision and assessment of technically competent management at licensed waste management facilities

    The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) proposes to alter the existing guidance document, WST-G-002 Provision and assessment of technically competent management at licensed waste management facilities . The changes reflect the fact that SEPA will now assess technical competence... More

    Closed 27 November 2020

  • Consultation on the marine fish farm charges

    There has been a significant change in the type of work SEPA has and will do in regulating the marine fish farm industry. This goes from how we assess the initial applications through to the way we monitor fish farms, audit the way operators manage their activities and directly inspect the... More

    Closed 20 November 2020

We Asked, You Said, We Did

Here are some of the issues we have consulted on and their outcomes. See all outcomes

We asked

We consulted on an application received from the Ministry of Defence regarding HMNB Clyde and radioactive substances. The consultation ran between the January and March 2020 and provided the opportunity to comment on proposed changes to existing agreements that cover the disposal of radioactive waste from both Coulport and Faslane.

You said

We received over 7,000 responses that we are currently in the process of reviewing.

We did

The very high number of responses received together with the change to working arrangements due to COVID-19 has resulted in a delay to our review of responses and which will also delay progress of the application process. This page will be updated to include a summary of the consultation responses, when they have been reviewed, and our decision record.

We asked

SEPA and the Environment Agency ran a consultation about the steps we intend to take to engage stakeholders in the preparation of the third river basin management plan, RBMP.

The consultation provided stakeholders with the opportunity to comment on; the timescales for formal consultation, intentions to work with partners and our intentions for cross border working. A consultation for Scotland ran in conjunction.

You said

Seventeen responses from a variety of well-informed stakeholders responded. Respondents were supportive of the proposed steps and timescales set out in the consultation. The respondents praised the partnership approach and support integration of plans and policies. It was acknowledged that this approach often needs to be adapted for with cross border working. They felt this was the most efficient way to use resource and deliver wider benefits.

We did

The full summary of responses can be found here.

Given the largely supportive responses we intend to progress with the proposals outlined in the consultation to develop the third river basin management plans.

In addition to our national approaches, SEPA and the Environment Agency will jointly develop a communication and engagement strategy for catchments close to the national border.

We asked

SEPA ran a consultation about the steps we will take to engage stakeholders in the preparation of the third river basin management plan, RBMP, for Scotland. The consultation provided stakeholder with the opportunity to comment on; the timescales for formal consultation, how we will engage with partners, our intentions for cross border working and aligning RBMP with other plans and policies. A consultation for the Solway Tweed ran in conjunction.

You said

We received 38 responses from a variety of well-informed stakeholders who agreed with the proposed consultation steps and timescales set out in the consultation. The respondents were very supportive of the proposed partnership approach and integration with plans and policies. They felt this was the most efficient way to use resource and delivery multiple benefits. Some respondents sought clarification about the format of engagement and more detail about how RBMP would be integrated into other plans and policies.

We did

The full summary of responses can be found here.

Given the supportive nature of the responses SEPA will progress with the proposals outlined. SEPA will publish a communication and engagement strategy geared to the publication of the third plans to provide further detail to stakeholders.