Questions answered

What public information can be accessed on the SEPA website?

All public register documents relating to active PPC Part A sites in Scotland as well as information on active medium combustion plants under PPC Part B sites in Scotland.

Why can’t I access other types of permits?

We are currently working to make all public register documents available on line online as soon as possible.

If there is no record of a site on the public register, does that mean there is no permit available?

Not necessarily, if you cannot find documentation please call 03000 996699 and ask for Registry or send an email to registry@sepa.org.uk

What should I do if I want licence or permit details about sites operating under other legislation?

Call 03000 996699 and ask for Registry or send an email to registry@sepa.org.uk.

What does enforcement mean?

SEPA enforces environmental law in Scotland. Enforcement is when we take action against an operator for not complying with the conditions set out in their licence. We may also implement enforcement action as a result of a damaging environmental incident.

Why are permit documents not clearly marked?

We have tried to ensure that all documents are clearly marked as to what they are. Visit Our public register documents explained”for more information on each document type.

What does monitoring mean?

This is information provided by the operator in respect of various emissions that they are required to monitor and record. There will normally be a requirement in their licence for them to record this information and submit it to us to demonstrate compliance with licence conditions.

I’m struggling to find what I want, what should I do now?

If you can’t find what you are looking for you can call 03000 996699 and ask for Registry or send an email to registry@sepa.org.uk and we will be happy to help.

I can’t access pdf documents online, can I get the information sent to me by post?

Yes, call 03000 996699 and ask for Registry or send an email request to registry@sepa.org.uk.

What is a back scan document?

Where a document name is preceded by “Back-Scan” this means that the document was digitised during a scanning project to transfer paper records into electronic records. Refer to the supporting document “Our public register documents explained” for further information.

What is a variation?

A variation is a change to existing licence conditions which has either been asked for by the operator or a decision has been taken by us to make the change.

Why do some documents not have dates?

When the documents were initially digitised we were not able to include the document date. We can now and we are working to update all documents with the relevant date but this will take time.

Why does the search come back with “No results found”?

We are currently working through all the documents in the public register to remove personal information. Updated documents will become available on the online public register. If you cannot find what you are looking for please call 03000 996699 and ask for Registry or send an email request to registry@sepa.org.uk.