Section 14 – Fees: registration and administration
28.Section 14 enables the Scottish Ministers to make regulations enabling SEPA to charge reservoir managers fees in relation to registration and other annual or recurring fees in relation to the performance of SEPA’s functions under Part 1 of the Act. Subsection (2) requires the Scottish Ministers, when making any such regulations, to have regard to the reasonable cost of exercising the functions in relation to which the fees are to be charged. Subsection (3) requires the regulations to specify how SEPA is to determine and charge fees and to require SEPA to set out its fees in a charging scheme and consult persons affected by the fees before it publishes or revises the charging scheme. Subsection (4) enables the Scottish Ministers to include such other matters in the regulations as they deem appropriate and sets out examples of what those matters may be.