Controlled Activities Regulations level of authorisation at construction sites

Closed 31 Mar 2017

Opened 27 Jan 2017


The construction of new infrastructure, commercial and residential property is important for the continued sustainable economic growth of Scotland.

When construction sites are not managed properly during the construction phase of a development this may lead to pollution of the water environment. The larger construction sites pose increased risks. SEPA receives reports of incidents of pollution to the water environment from construction sites every year. This consultation is about the larger construction sites being required to have a CAR licence in order to manage the water runoff on site and prevent pollution.

SEPA are keen to ensure that the construction industry continues to improve so that pollution to the environment does not occur. Improvement in practice by the construction industry will allow others to continue to use the water environment and to protect our fish and designated species. This will result in a good reputation for the industry, since the public now have expectations that the environment is being protected.


  • Hydropower
  • Local Authorities
  • Responsible Authorities
  • Industry
  • Landowners/ managers
  • Developers


  • Water Regulation
  • Diffuse pollution
  • Protected areas
  • Water Quality