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The Water Environment (Controlled Activities) (Scotland) Regulations 2005

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Surrender of authorisation

24.—(1) This regulation applies where an authorisation granted under regulation 8 or 9 is in force and either–

(a)it is intended to cease the authorised activity; or

(b)the authorised activity has ceased.

(2) Where paragraph (1) applies and the authorisation is under regulation 8, the operator–

(a)where possible, shall notify SEPA of the intention to cease the authorised activity and the date on which it will cease as soon as that information is known to the operator; and

(b)shall in any event notify SEPA of the cessation of the activity within 7 days of that cessation.

(3) Where paragraph (1) applies and the authorisation is under regulation 9, the responsible person shall apply to SEPA to surrender the authorisation or part of it.

(4) The provisions of regulations 12, 13 and 14(1) to (3) apply to an application under paragraph (3) as if it is an application.

(5) Before determining an application under paragraph (3) SEPA shall–

(a)assess the risk to the water environment posed by the cessation of the activity referred to in paragraph (1); and

(b)take account of the steps (if any) that have been taken and identify any steps necessary to–

(i)avoid any risk of adverse impact on the water environment resulting from the cessation of the authorised activity; and

(ii)leave the relevant part of the water environment affected by the authorised activity in a state which will permit compliance with any relevant requirements of the legislation referred to in Part 1 of Schedule 4.

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