Advertised applications under the Water Environment (Controlled Activities) (Scotland) Regulations 2011

Closes 4 Apr 2025

Opened 4 Apr 2022


Operators who require to carry out certain activities in and around the water environment for pollution control, abstraction, impoundment and engineering require an authorisation issued by SEPA under the Water Environment (Controlled Activities) (Scotland) Regulations 2011 to undertake their activities. SEPA, through regulation, will maintain a high-quality environment by setting authorisation conditions which limit the impacts associated with these activities and then by ensuring that operators comply with these conditions. 

On this Water Environment hub, you’ll find a list of open consultations for pollution control, abstraction, impoundment and engineering applications.  For Finfish Aquaculture applications please go to the Aquaculture Hub.

You can provide your comments through this hub.

As part of our determination, SEPA will consider risks to the water environment (including potential impacts to species and habitats) and the interests of other users of the water environment resulting from an aspect of the activity that we regulate.

Each consultation will be open for a minimum of 28 days.

How we use your feedback

As Scotland’s principal environmental regulator, our purpose is to protect and improve Scotland’s environment in ways that, as far as possible, also contribute to improving health and well-being and achieving sustainable economic growth. Our Corporate Plan 2024-2027 sets our strategic ambition and priorities. Our Annual Operating Plans set out how we will implement our priorities every year.

In delivering these priorities we engage with those who have an interest in and/or are affected by our regulations and duties. One way we engage is through formal consultations. This is your opportunity to tell us what you think about our proposals. The feedback we receive helps us to understand what matters most to people and how we can deliver our duties efficiently and effectively.

After the consultation closes, we’ll consider the information we receive before publishing a digest of responses through the We asked, You said, We did section of our consultation website. This will close the consultation process by explaining how we have considered and, where appropriate, acted upon what we heard.

How to get in touch

Please complete all consultations online where possible. If you are unable to do so, please call 03000 99 66 99 to provide your contact details and someone will arrange for an officer to call you back.

If you wish to post your comments, please mark them for the attention of Registry and send them to:

Angus Smith Building
6 Parklands Avenue
North Lanarkshire
ML1 4WQ.

Applications advertised prior to April 2021, under the Water Environment (Controlled Activities (Scotland) Regulations 2011, can be found on the SEPA website.

Have your say

The list of live Water Environment consultations is listed below. Please submit all comments online, where possible. Contact to discuss any issues you have completing the online form.

The list of closed Water Environment CAR applications consultations is below:

SEPA has granted the Permit for the following:


  • Agriculture
  • Mining
  • Distilling
  • Hydropower
  • Local Authorities
  • Responsible Authorities
  • Fisheries
  • Industry
  • Landowners/ managers
  • Forestry
  • Aquaculture
  • National Parks
  • Pollution Prevention and Control (PPC)
  • Public
  • Water


  • Water Regulation
  • Permit application