Aerial Spraying

Following the introduction of the Plant Protection Products (Sustainable Use) Regulations 2012, the procedures for processing requests for aerial spraying has changed. From June 2012 all aerial spraying operations must be permitted by the Chemicals Regulation Directorate. The application forms together with further information and guidance can be found on the Chemicals Regulation Directorate website

The Application of Herbicide in or Near Water

Approval from SEPA is required if you wish to apply herbicide by any means in or near water for any purpose. Consultation with or approval from SNH may also be required in certain areas.

To simplify these processes for you, you only need to contact SEPA who will in turn contact SNH on your behalf. Non-aerial applications should be brought to SEPA’s notice as soon as possible and at least 30 days in advance of the intended spraying activity.

In general, the easiest way to apply for approval is by using the online form available from this page. Once completed correctly, relevant information in the form will be distributed to SEPA automatically who will begin the process of considering your proposal. You will receive written confirmation of the receipt of your application together with any further advice.

The online application process is quick and easy to use; if you have all the facts and a Site Plan to hand, you should be able to complete it in less than 20 minutes. If you don’t have all of the required information, you can still get started and your partially completed form will be automatically saved for you. Please note that your application will not be deemed to have been received until such time as the form together with all supporting information such as location plans/maps etc have been received by SEPA.

Benefits of applying online:

  • Speeds up the application process
  • No postage required (provided you have access to a document scanner for your Site Plan)
  • Easily copy and modify any of your previous applications – no need to enter the same information each time
  • You only need to deal with a single agency (SEPA) except in the situation where you require Consent in relation to spraying in an SSSI in which case SNH will use the same form to complete this aspect of the process with you

Disclaimer: Although intended to simplify the process, this service does not fulfil all of your legal obligations with respect to herbicide spraying. You may be required to notify additional parties in some circumstances. Some guidance is provided on the forms, but it is your responsibility to determine who you legally need to contact.

Ready to get started?

If you are unable to use the online forms, please telephone the Helpline on 08452 302050 to request a paper application form, or to use the telephone assisted service.