The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is responsible for protecting and improving Scotland’s rich and diverse environment.

Our main role is to protect and improve the environment.  We do this by being an excellent environmental regulator, helping business and industry to understand their environmental responsibilities, enabling customers to comply with legislation and good practice and to realise the many economic benefits of good environmental practice.

We protect communities by regulating activities that can cause harmful pollution and by monitoring the quality of Scotland’s air, land and water.  The regulations we implement also cover the keeping, use, accumulation, and disposal, of radioactive substances.

We monitor and report on the state of Scotland’s environment and use that sound scientific understanding to inform our independent regulation of activities that may affect its quality.

We are also responsible for delivering Scotland’s flood warning system, helping to implement Scotland’s National Waste Strategy and controlling, with the Health and Safety Executive, the risk of major accidents at industrial sites.

Find out more:

Useful links

Sign up to receive flood warnings direct to your phone
Live Flood Updates (Scotland)
SEPA Consultations
SEPA Publications
NetRegs (environmental guidance for your business)