You must have an environmental permit if you operate a regulated facility in England or Wales.
A regulated facility includes:
Listed activities are divided into three categories, Part A(1), Part A(2) and Part B.
Part A permits control activities with a range of environmental impacts, including:
Part B permits control activities which cause emissions to air.
The permit your business requires depends on the specific processes involved and resulting emissions.
Permits are available from the Environment Agency or your local authority (the regulator) depending upon the category your business falls within:
Applications must be made on the form provided by the regulator, or online and must include specified information which will vary depending on the operation.
A fee may be payable if:
For waste operations no licence will be granted unless any required planning permission had first been granted.
The regulator will pay regard to the protection of the environment taken as a whole by, in particular, preventing or, where that is not practicable, reducing emissions into the air, water and land.
The regulator may inform the public of the application and must consider any representations.
The application must be from the operator of the regulated facility and the regulator must be satisfied that they can operate the facility in accordance with the environmental permit.
No. It is in the public interest that we must process your application before it can be granted.
We are required to either grant an application for a Part A2 or Part B process subject to conditions against which future enforcement action may be taken, or else refuse it. A statutory timeframe of four months is set within the legislation for assessing an application provide an application is considered "Duly Made".
An application will only be considered Duly Made by the authority if there is sufficient information submitted to enable us to determine the application. We must either determine an application Duly Made or return it to the applicant within 10 working days of submission.
Any current applications which are open for consultation are listed below. If there are no links visible, we currently do not have any applications.