Consultations

SEPA welcomes your involvement in its policy making and you are invited to comment on any of the current consultations shown in the table below. Each consultation document gives details of how to respond and the closing date for responses.

You can also view our closed consultations, as well as SEPA's responses to third party consultations:

Consultations that fall under the Public Participation Directive can be found below:

Advertised applications under the Water Environment (Controlled Activities) (Scotland) Regulations 2011 can be found below:

Please note that most documents are in PDF format. If you can’t view these documents, download Adobe Reader for free:

Title Deadline for comment

Scotland’s national water scarcity plan consultation

This is Scotland’s first national water scarcity plan, setting out how water resources will be managed prior to and during periods of prolonged dry weather. This is to ensure the correct balance is struck between protecting the environment and providing resource for human and economic activity. It sets out:

  • the high level principles;
  • what steps we and others are currently taking in preparation for periods of water scarcity;
  • what assessment methods we will use to determine the most appropriate response to water scarcity;
  • what action we will take during a period of water scarcity;
  • what action we expect others to take.

SEPA is now seeking comments on the plan from interested parties, such as irrigators, distilleries, hydro power companies and Scottish Water as well as fisheries groups and members of the public.

Your experiences of water scarcity and any issues which have arisen would be very useful. It is available online and in print.

 

26 February 2015

A public consultation to inform the development of the second river basin management plan for the Scotland river basin district

This consultation will help inform the development of the second river basin management plan for the Scotland river basin district, and is one of the ways that you can influence how Scotland’s water environment is protected and improved in the next river basin planning cycles.

 

9 April 2015

Consultation: Draft Flood Risk Management Strategies

 

Scotland is working towards the delivery of the first ever Flood Risk Management Strategies and Local Flood Risk Management Plans which will help us to make the most effective use of shared resources by targeting areas where the greatest benefit of intervention can be realised.

 

For each Local Plan District, a Flood Risk Management Strategy will be published by SEPA in December 2015. This consultation, delivered in two phases, publishes draft information that will be contained in each Flood Risk Management Strategy. Phase one will include a summary of the main sources and impacts of flooding in the Local Plan Districts. Phase two, commencing on Monday 2 March 2015, will include draft local flood risk management objectives and actions, as well as information on the draft Local Flood Risk Management Plans.

 

The consultation is available from the consultation hub. In phase one information is available for review only. Consultation questions and the ability to respond online will be available in phase two.

 

2 June 2015
A public consultation to inform the development of the second river basin management plan for the Solway Tweed river basin district

 

This consultation will help inform the development of the second river basin management plan for the Solway Tweed river basin district, and is one of the ways that you can influence how Scotland’s water environment is protected and improved in the next river basin planning cycles.

9 June 2015