Environmental consent and environmental enforcement notice appeals: forms and guidance

How to make an environmental consent or enforcement notice appeal.

You have the right to make an environmental appeal to Scottish Ministers where decisions are made by regulatory authority's such as the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) or Scottish Water in the following types of cases:

  • pollution prevention and control
  • water environment
  • waste management
  • radioactive substances
  • environmental impact assessment - agriculture
  • private water supplies

Visit SEPA's website to find out more about different environmental issues.

The attached guidance explains:

  • what the appeals process is
  • how to complete and submit your form
  • how to get in touch
  • how to submit documents to the DPEA electronically
The timescale for appeal will be explained in the regulatory authority's notice. You should contact the authority if you are unsure of the timescale. You must also send a copy of the appeal to the relevant authority.

There is no fee for this type of appeal. Everybody who participates in the process is normally expected to cover their own expenses.

You can track the progress of your appeal online.

More information

Environmental Legislation provides context to these specific types of appeals.

Code of Practice: Procedures for Handling Environmental Appeals Through Hearings or Local Inquiries provides context to these specific types of appeals.

Appeal Form - ENV.pdf
Appeal Notes for Appellants - ENV.pdf
Electronic Best Practice.pdf
planning appeal process guide chart.pdf


If you take part in the appeals process, use DPEA websites, contact the division or attend a webcast, the DPEA may collect certain information about you. To find out more about what information is collected, how the information is used and managed please read the DPEA's privacy notice

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Email: DPEA@gov.scot

Telephone: 0300 244 6668

Planning and Environmental Appeals Division
Hadrian House
Callendar Business Park

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