SEA Process

The steps involved in SEA are:

  • Screening (determining whether or not SEA is required)
  • Scoping (determining the range of environmental issues to be covered by the SEA)
  • The preparation of an Environmental Report
  • The carrying out of consultations
  • The integration of environmental considerations into the Plan or Programme
  • The publication of information on the decision (SEA Statement)

 

Notifying the EPA in relation to SEA

Under the SEA Regulations, the EPA must be consulted at on all plans/programmes/strategies where the requirements of the SEA Directive apply. We must be consulted at each stage of the SEA process: screening, scoping and draft plan/environmental report stage.

All SEA notifications and and SEA-related queries should be sent to: sea@epa.ie (note: please do not use the info@epa.ie email address when contacting the SEA Team). See the SEA Contacts page for further details on contacting the EPA SEA Team.  

When requesting advice or feedback, you can help us to make a timely response by providing certain information with your notices as follows:

Screening 

Provide a brief outline of the Plan/Programme (or modification) along with relevant background information and the geographical location nationally and locally. This can be by way of a Screening Statement. GIS-based maps would be helpful (see below for more on GIS). Your Screening Statement should include your SEA screening determination which must take into account the relevant criteria set out in Annex II of the SEA Directive or either Schedule 1 of S.I No. 435 of 2004 or Schedule 2A of S.I No. 436 of 2004, as appropriate. Screening Statements should be submitted electronically to sea@epa.ie.

Scoping

Provide the proposed scope and level of detail of the information to be contained in the Environmental Report. This can be by way of a Scoping Report. The information required is set out in Annex I of the SEA Directive and either Schedule 2 of S.I No. 435 of 2004 or Schedule2B of S.I No. 436 of 2004, as appropriate.  A web link for the Plan or Programme being prepared, reviewed or modified should also be provided. Scoping Reports should be submitted electronically to sea@epa.ie.

Environmental Report

Please submit the Draft Plan and SEA Environmental Report electronically to sea@epa.ie. Additional hard copies can also be submitted by post (see SEA Contacts page for postal address).

Modifications to Plans/Programmes

Any proposed modifications to a Plan should be subject to SEA screening, Appropriate Assessment (AA) screening and other obligations as necessary. In relation to land use plans, any texual changes should be clearly highlighted. GIS data and maps, as appropriate, should be used to illustrate the amount of landtake, change of land-use, rezoning etc. covered by the proposed modifications. Proposed modifications, including relevant maps, should be submitted

SEA Statement

Your SEA Statement (Information on Decision) should be submitted electronically to sea@epa.ie when the Plan or Programme has been formally adopted.

Transboundary Consultations

See SEA Contacts for the details of Environmental Authorities in other jurisdictions.