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Environmental Legislation

Environmental Legislation

A golf facility in the right location, designed, constructed and managed to a high standard, can not only protect the surrounding environment from damage, it can have a positive impact on the land, the air and the water environment.

There is a variety of environmental legislation in Scotland that covers everyday management practices on the golf course and in the clubhouse to make sure your facility is not having a negative impact on the environment. Legislation is set by the Scottish Government and implemented and enforced by our environmental regulators the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and other government organisations such as Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH).

Netregs Logo 150pxLegislation compliance should be a priority for your golf facility. Risk assessments should be carried out and the correct procedures in place for all actions involving application, handling, storage and disposal of chemicals, hazardous materials and other turf products brought onto the site. Waste products and containers, waste water and surface water runoff should also be managed and treated to ensure quality of soil, waterbodies and groundwater is not adversely affected. Full details of Scottish Legislation can be found at

Pollution Control Legislation

> NetRegs – Online Environmental Legislation database

> Netregs – Self Assessment Tool

> SEPA Guidance for Pollution Prevention (GPPs)

> The Water Environment (Controlled Activity Regulations) – A Practical Guide (Pollution Control, Water Abstraction and Engineering works in watercourses)

> Diffuse Pollution Management


Turf Legislation

> Amenity Forum – Pesticide Use Best Practice

> SEPA General Binding Rule 23 Pesticides

> SEPA General Binding Rule 18 Fertiliser

> SEPA General Binding Rule 20 Cultivars

> SEPA Oil Storage Regulations

 Pollution Incident Reporting and Clean Up

SEPA Pollution Hotline (24 hour) – T: 0800 80 70 60


Pollution Control Case Studies

> Machinery Washdown – Gogarburn GC 


Key Organisations

> Scottish Environment Protection Agency

> NetRegs

> Diffuse Pollution Management Advisory Group (DPMAG)

> Amenity Forum

> National Sprayer Testing Scheme (NSTS)



For more guidance contact our Environment Manager, Carolyn Hedley


T: 07921 606560