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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 2010 ("the EP Regulations") were made under the Pollution Prevention and Control Act 1999 and prescribe those processes and activities which require a permit.

These processes are split into three categories: Part A(1), Part A(2) and Part B.

Schedule 1 Part 2 of the  Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010 identifies those processes that require a permit and also into which category [Part A(1), A(2) or B] the process falls. 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. Part B permits only consider emissions to air.

For Part A(1) processes the Environment Agency issues the permit.

For Part A(2) and Part B processes your local council issues the permit. The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has produced a series of  process and sector guidance notes that explain all the potential releases from specific industrial processes and the best available techniques for preventing or reducing the impact of emissions. The notes also suggest conditions to be included within permits.

Tacit consent

It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from the local authority within a reasonable period, please contact them, contact details are below.

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

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