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Online Payments - Frequently Asked Questions


To protect your security, please ensure that you close your browser after completing the online payment process.

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What are online payments?

Online payment refers to any payment made via a web browser for goods and services using credit or debit cards.

Online payments are also commonly known as:

  • ePayments
  • Electronic Payments
  • Internet Payments
  • Web Payments

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Are my payments secure?

The page used to collect personal details such as your name and address is protected by a digital certificate called a Secure Socket Layer (SSL). The secure-server software encrypts all sensitive information using industry standard technology. Click on the padlock icon in the bottom right hand corner of your browser to view certificate details.

Details collected will only be used for the purposes of order fulfilment, and will not be passed on or sold to, any other parties.

To protect your security, please ensure you close your browser after completing the online payments process.

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What can I pay for online?

Scottish Environment Protection Agency currently accepts online payments for:

  • Debtor Invoices
  • Consignment Notes
  • Waste Carrier Licences
  • Email applications (for selected activities within the CAR, PPC, RSA and WM regimes)

In the near future we also hope to extend the facility to include other licences.

In all debtor payments you will need your account details or invoice numbers and a credit or debit card to make a payment online. The account number will be on the invoice you have received from SEPA. Take care to enter all details correctly or your payment may be rejected or made to the wrong account. For all other payment types you will simply need your credit or debit card to make a payment online.

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Can I make online payments if I live outside of the UK?


Our online payments system has made it possible for people across the world to pay online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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When is the online payments facility available?

The online payments facility is normally available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Which cards do we accept?

We accept all major MasterCards and Visa cards.

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Can I make payments without logging in?

The "Quick Pay" option can be used without the need to login, here you can make a pre-payment ("Payment on Account") where an invoice does not already exist. The "Quick Pay" option does not require you to be registered with the web payments facility, or have an active username.

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I have made a payment but have not received an e-mail receipt. What should I do?

Contact the Cashiers Office in the Finance Department on + 44 1698 839029. Lines are open from 09:00 am until 5:00 pm Monday to Friday (GMT). Quote your account number and this office will check to ensure that your payment has been successful and can issue a copy receipt.

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Why do I get "page cannot be displayed" when I proceed to pay?

This is caused by the Internet Explorer browser options, and can be resolved by adjusting your security settings.

To do this click on Tools --> Internet Options

Switch to the "Advanced" tab and scroll down to "security".

To allow our security measures to work, you will need to tick the boxes associated with "Use SSL3.0" or "Use TLS1".

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If you have any comments or suggestions, please e-mail

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If you have any questions about the online payments facility please contact the Finance Department or e-mail

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