Environmental Authorisations (Scotland) Regulations 2018: Proposed types of authorisation for ​Waste, Water and ​Industrial activities

Closes 12 Apr 2024

Opened 17 Jan 2024

Overview

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) are Scotland’s principal environmental regulator, protecting and improving Scotland’s environment.

In 2018, Scottish Government brought in the Environmental Authorisations (Scotland) Regulations 2018 (EASR 2018). The aim of these Regulations is to provide a standardised, simplified, common framework for environmental authorisations in Scotland, known as an Integrated Authorisation Framework (IAF).

Radioactive substances were the first activities to be regulated under this framework. Scottish Government is now consulting on proposals to bring waste, water, and industrial activities (previously pollution prevention and control), under these Regulations.

Why your views matter

SEPA wants to be transparent about how it intends to meet statutory obligations under these Regulations and get it right, with simpler, more effective, procedures and systems. This consultation seeks your views on the type of authorisation that would be required.

This consultation: 

  • Proposes the type of authorisation that would normally be required for each activity; and 

  • Provides an explanation, where necessary, on why an activity requires the type of authorisation proposed. 

SEPA will consult separately on proposed changes to application and subsistence fees for environmental authorisations. We anticipate this will take place later in 2024. Wherever possible, in this consultation, we have indicated where a change in our regulatory approach is likely to result in a change to the current fee structure.

SEPA will consult separately on proposed Standard Conditions that will apply to all registration level authorisations.  We anticipate this will take place later in 2024.

You may find the list of published SEPA guidance below helpful when considering your response to this consultation. Please note we are not consulting on this guidance, it is provided for information only.

How to respond

You can respond to this consultation online, or by sending an email to iaf@sepa.org.uk. If responding by email, please complete and return the Respondent Information Form with your response.

If you wish to respond another way, please contact us online or by phone: 03000 99 66 99 and we'll arrange for an officer to call you back.

Responses must be submitted before midnight on 12 April 2024. Earlier responses are welcomed.  

Handling your response

We would like to know if you are happy for your response to be made public. If you ask for your response not to be published, it will be regarded as confidential and treated in accordance with SEPA's published privacy policy.

Please note that our consultation document was updated on 8 February 2024. If you have downloaded a copy of the consultation to review before this date, please ensure you refer to the most recent version before submitting a response.

 

Have your say - By entering the consultation survey, you agree for your data to be used in accordance with our privacy policy.

Events

  • Information session - online

    From 20 Feb 2024 at 10:00 to 20 Feb 2024 at 11:30

    An online session with specialists from SEPA and the Scottish Government where you can learn more about the consultation and the proposed changes, and to ask questions.

    Please book a place at one of the sessions by emailing iaf@sepa.org.uk with the details of the event you would like to attend.

  • Information session - online

    From 22 Feb 2024 at 10:00 to 22 Feb 2024 at 11:30

    An online session with specialists from SEPA and the Scottish Government where you can learn more about the consultation and the proposed changes, and to ask questions.

    Please book a place at one of the sessions by emailing iaf@sepa.org.uk with the details of the event you would like to attend.

  • Information session - Edinburgh

    From 27 Feb 2024 at 10:00 to 27 Feb 2024 at 12:00

    An information session with specialists from SEPA and the Scottish Government in Victoria Quay, Edinburgh, where you can learn more about the consultation and the proposed changes, and ask questions.

    Please book a place at one of the sessions by emailing iaf@sepa.org.uk with the details of the event you would like to attend.

  • Information session for operators of generators aggregating to 1MWth or more - online

    From 4 Mar 2024 at 10:00 to 4 Mar 2024 at 11:30

    An online session for operators of generators of electricity aggregating to 1MWth or more.

    Hosted by specialists from SEPA and the Scottish Government where you can learn more about the consultation and the proposed changes, and ask questions.

    Please book a place at one of the sessions by emailing iaf@sepa.org.uk with the details of the event you would like to attend.

  • Information session - Glasgow

    From 12 Mar 2024 at 14:00 to 12 Mar 2024 at 16:00

    An information session with specialists from SEPA and the Scottish Government in Atlantic Quay, Glasgow, where you can learn more about the consultation and the proposed changes, and ask questions.

    Please book a place at one of the sessions by emailing iaf@sepa.org.uk with the details of the event you would like to attend.

Audiences

  • Local Authorities
  • Industry
  • Waste

Interests

  • Regulated activities