SEA Resources and Guidance

EPA Guidance on SEA

Below are links to some of key SEA resources. A full list of EPA SEA-related published guidance documents and resources is available here.

We review and update our online resources on a regular basis to reflect current good practice, recent guidance and legislation. The Second Effectiveness Review of SEA in Ireland (EPA, 2020) and SEA Effectiveness Review Report (EPA, 2012) include information and case studies that may also be useful.




Environmental Sensitivity Mapping Web Tool This is an EPA funded decision-support tool which allows users prepare area-specific enviromental sensivitiy maps to help inform SEA-related planning decisions.
EPA SEA Search and Reporting Tool This EPA SEA gis tool allows users to run reports by letting the user define a search area or select a pre-defined area. It is also possible to add a buffer around the chosen area. The report is published as a PDF. Manual available here.
SEA of Local Authority Land Use Plans - EPA Recommendations and Resources Key EPA recommendations for integrating environmental considerations into Local Authority land-use plans, along with links to relevant data sources & lists of key relevant plans.
EPA's SEA Spatial Information Sources Inventory Provides a list of available environmental datasets for many environmental criteria.
EPA SEA Pack Overview of key SEA stages, key resources, SEA process checklists, worksheets to use when preparing an SEA.  
EPA SEA Process Checklist Helpful checklist to assist practitioners in undertaking SEA.
EPA Synthesis Report Synthesis Report on developing an SEA Methodology For Plans And Programmes in Ireland.
Developing and Assessing Alternatives in SEA Guidance on methodologies to develop and assess alternatives in SEA.
Integrating Climatic Factors into SEA How to integrate climatic factors into Plans and associated SEAs. (2019 Update)
GISEA Manual - Improving the Evidence Base in SEA Guidance on how GIS can be used to improve environmental assessments.
Integrated Biodiversity Impact Assessment Step-by-step guidance on integrating processes for biodiversity impact assessment.
Draft SEA Resource Manual Step by step guide to the SEA and plan-making process with a view to promoting integration between the key stages of both processes.
Good practice note on SEA for the Forestry Sector Guidance on how to carry out SEA of forestry strategies/plans.
Good practice note on SEA for the Waste Sector Guidance on how to carry out SEA of waste strategies/plans.
Guidance on SEA Statements and Monitoring Guidance on how to prepare SEA Statements and assist SEA Monitoring


Departmental Guidance

Guidance Summary
DHPLG Guidelines for Planning Authorities SEA guidelines for Regional and Planning Authorities on implementing the SEA Directive, published by the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government

European Commission Guidance

Guidance Summary
EC Guidance European Commission's Guidance on implementing the SEA Directive.


International Guidance & Resources

Guidance Summary
UK Guidance on SEA A Practical Guide to the SEA Directive published by the UK governments
Scottish SEA Guidance (2013) Guidance on SEA published by the Scottish government.
Scottish SEA Database SEA examples available on the Scottish SEA Database
FasTips on SEA Alternatives FasTips on SEA Alternatives published by the International Association for Impact Assessment