Proposals to increase the reservoirs (Scotland) charging fees scheme 2024

Closed 21 Nov 2023

Opened 29 Aug 2023


This consultation outlines the proposed changes to the fees we charge for the work we undertake relating the Reservoirs (Scotland) Act 2011 and the Reservoirs (Scotland) Regulations 2016 and how we intend to review these charges in 2024. 

As part of our work to deliver Our Approach to Regulation, we will ensure that our charges still meet our goals. 

Why are we consulting?  

SEPA are the regulator for compliance and enforcement of the Reservoirs (Scotland) Act 2011 and the Reservoirs (Scotland) Regulations 2016. To support this, we levy three levels of subsistence charges based on the risk designation assigned to each registered controlled reservoir. These are classed as either High, Medium or Low risk. 

We have also reviewed the registration fee that is applied at the point of registration, which is a flat fee for all reservoirs.  

We initially consulted in 2017, where we carried forward the existing scheme and advised that we would review the reservoir charges in 2018. This review was initially delayed due to an assessment of our wider work and then COVID introduced a further delay.

How to respond  

Please respond to this consultation online. We are unable to accept postal submissions for this consultation.

The closing date for submitting your response is 21 November 2023.


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