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SEARS inspections

What is the Scotland's Environmental and Rural Delivery Service (SEARS)? Dry Stone Wall

SEARS is the name given to the collaborative agreement set up between 9 public bodies, of which RPID is one, in order to offer a better service to those who manage rural land in Scotland.

It is meant to ensure a better standard of service by allowing the different groups to work together to provide people with better information and advice. This closer working arrangement is also meant to cut down on the number of inspections that need to be carried out and the amount of information that you are asked to provide.

Why do we carry out SEARS inspections?

As part of the SEARS agreement, RPID will undertake a number of inspections on behalf of our partner organisation the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA).

RPID will now be carrying out the following inspections:

  • Controlled Activities Regulations (CAR) and diffuse pollution.
  • Disposal of waste sheep dip to land authorisations
  • Silage, Slurry and Agricultural Fuel oil (SSAFO) regulation inspections

Where can you find out more?

The SEARS website contains information about SEARS and links to all of the public bodies involved.

In this section you will find the inspection guidance RPID inspectors will follow when carrying out these inspections.