Pollution control - part A(2) and part B processes

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Do I need a permit?

If you are an operators of industrial processes or commercial activities that have the potential to cause significant pollution to air, land or water you are required to apply for a Permit.

How do I get a permit?

You can process and pay for your licence application online via the EUGO portal.

Application for an environmental permit part A2
Application for an environmental permit part B Application to change an environmental permit Annual subsistence charge

Application process evaluation

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 and The Secretary of States guidance for that activity

The application will be a public document (except items that are accepted as confidential under the Regulations) and the Regulator must consider any representations.

The regulator must be satisfied that that the applicant operator is capable of operating the facility in accordance with the environmental permit.

Eligibility criteria

Applications must be made on the relevant form, and must include information which is specified on the application form or online for each type of application.

A fee may be payable, depending on the type of application and type of regulated activity, as set out in the table of fees.

if further information is required, the applicant will be notified by the regulator and they must provide this information or the application will be deemed to be withdrawn.

The application must be from the operator of the regulated facility.

For waste operations, no licence will be granted unless any required planning permission has first been granted.

We 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.

We may inform the public of the application and must consider any representations.

The application must be from the operator of the regulated facility and we must be satisfied that they must operate the facility in accordance with the environmental permit.

Duration

It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from us within a reasonable period, please contact us. You can do this online if you applied through the UK Welcomes service or use the contact details below.

Fee

The operator is required to pay an application fee and annual subsistence fee as listed in the table of fees to the Regulator for their Permit.

Compliance with permits

Once a Permit has been granted, it will contain conditions which relate to the management of the site, emission limits and other process controls with which the operator must comply.

An officer will regularly visit Permitted Installations to ensure that the conditions are being complied with.

Failure to comply with Permit conditions and the operation of a process without an appropriate Permit is an offence, which can result in heavy fines and/or a prison sentence.

Associated Legislation

Please read this summary of the regulation relating to this licence

Further Information

You may find the following trade associations useful.

Federation of Environmental Trade Associations (FETA)

Environmental Industries Commission (EIC)

Environmental Services Associations (ESA)

If you wish to discuss Environmental permitting in more detail please contact us