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Environmental permits

Certain industrial processes and activities which have the potential to cause pollution are required to have an Environmental permit to operate.

The Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations (2016) prescribe those processes and activities which require a permit.

These processes are split into three categories:

  • Part A(1)
  • Part A(2)
  • Part B.

Permits covering Part A(1) and Part A(2) sites will consider issues such as emissions to air, land, water and energy and water usage. However Part B permits only consider emissions to air.

The Environment Agency issues the permit for Part A(1) processes and we issue the permits for Part A(2) and Part B processes.

Refused applications

If your application for an environmental permit is refused, you may appeal to the appropriate authority. In England the appropriate authority is the Secretary of State. Appeals must be lodged no later than six months from the date of the decision.

How to apply

Before you apply you should read the:

Contact us for more details on how to apply for environmental permits.

Public participation and consultations

The public are invited to comment on current applications for all permits (Part A2 and Part B) and draft determinations for Part A2 Permits only. Please visit our consultation page to view any current application consultations.

Industrial Emissions Directive

In compliance with Article 55(3) of the Industrial Emissions Directive (2010/75/EU) the following site is a waste incineration or co-incineration plant with a nominal capacity of less than 2 tonnes per hour:

  • Syngas Products Ltd (permit reference: PO11 000002).