Environmental Permit

Applications are made online and must include specified information which will vary depending on the operation. Guidance on how to calculate the fee is given in the online form and you will pay it online.

Fees will be payable for applications and conditions may be attached. In addition, all permits attract an annual subsistence fee.

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will be notified by the regulator and you must provide this information or the application will be deemed to be withdrawn.

The application must be made by the operator of the regulated installation.

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

What do I need to know?

Do I need a permit?

You must have an environmental permit if you operate a regulated facility in England or Wales.

A regulated facility includes:

  • installations or mobile plants carrying out certain activities
  • waste operations
  • waste mobile plant
  • mining waste operations

Check whether you need an Environmental permit

If you are still unsure whether you require a permit, contact the Environmental Health team.

Which type of permit do I need?

Listed activities are divided into categories.

Part A(1) permits (plus waste operations at Part B installations) are regulated by the Environment Agency.

Part A(2) and Part B permits are regulated by the local authority can be applied for online below.

If you are still unsure which type of permit you need, contact the Environmental Health team (see Contact Us details at the top right of this page).

Information/evidence required

Please contact Environmental Health for further advice on the information required in the application.

The regulator will pay regard to the protection of the environment, 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 installation and the regulator must be satisfied from the information provided that they will operate the installation in accordance with the environmental permit.

What happens next?

Are there inspections/assessments?

A pre-application site visit will, where possible, be carried out to assess the proposed installation. A further inspection may be carried out once the application has been submitted. Once the installation is operational, periodic inspections may be carried out to check for compliance with the permit conditions.

How long does it take to make a decision and issue the permit?

The regulator will determine a duly-made application within 4 months of its submission (determination period for waste oil burners and dry cleaners is 3 months). The determination period may be longer, where additional information is required from the operator.

If I don't hear from you for 4 months, can I assume it's been granted ("tacit consent")?

No. 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.

If I'm turned down, how do I appeal?

Please contact Environmental Health using the contact details at the top right of this page in the first instance.

An applicant who is refused an environmental permit may appeal to the Secretary of State. Appeals must be lodged no later than six months from the date of the decision.

If an application to vary, transfer or surrender an environmental permit has also been refused or if the applicant objects to conditions imposed on the environmental permit they may appeal to the Secretary of State.

Appeals must be lodged in relation to a regulator initiated variation, a suspension notice or an enforcement notice, not later than two months from the date of the variation or notice and in any other case not later than six months from the date of the decision.

For further information on appeals to the Secretary of State, please contact:

The Planning Inspectorate
Environment Team, Major & Specialist Casework
Room 4/04 Kite Wing
Temple Quay House
2 The Square
Temple Quay
Bristol BS1 6PN

Tel: 0117 372 8726
Fax: 0117 372 8139

How long does the permit last, and what's the renewal procedure?

The permit lasts for an indefinite period, but a review of the permit will be carried out by the regulator every 4-6 years. An annual subsistence fee is payable.

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