Consultation under Industrial Emissions Directive

Closes 14 Apr 2027

Opened 1 Jun 2021


Operators of Part A activities require a permit issued by SEPA under the Pollution Prevention and Control (Scotland) Regulations 2012 (PPC) in order to be able to undertake their activities. SEPA, through regulation, will maintain a high-quality environment by setting permit conditions which limit the impacts associated with installations and then by ensuring that operators comply with these conditions. 

Under the Industrial Emissions Directive, we publicly consult on all PPC Part A draft permits or variations to existing permits before they are issued. We publish the draft conditions and decision document (a record of how the decision was made). On this PPC hub, you will find a list of open consultations.

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

Consultations on PPC applications and variations are currently managed under the conditions of the Industrial Emissions Directive. We previously consulted under the Public Participation Directive (PPD).

Any previous consultations under PPD can be viewed on SEPAs website.

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.

What SEPA regulates

SEPA regulates installations operating under PPC Part A permits. These are generally large industrial activities, potentially involving discharges to land, air and water. These include activities such as, but not limited to:

  • energy production;
  • production of metals, such as steel;
  • chemical production;
  • certain types of waste management.

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.

Have your say

The list of live PPC consultations are listed below. Please complete all consultations online where possible. Contact our Registry Department to discuss any issues you have completing the online form.

Live consultations:



The list of closed PPC consultations is below:

SEPA has granted the Permit/Variation for the following:


  • Local Authorities
  • Industry
  • Pollution Prevention and Control (PPC)
  • Public
  • Water
  • Air
  • Waste
  • Land


  • Regulated activities