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 listed activities;
- waste operations;
- waste mobile plant; or
- mining waste operations.
Listed activities include:
- energy - burning fuel, gasification, liquification and refining activities;
- metals - manufacturing and processing metals;
- minerals - manufacturing lime, cement, ceramics or glass;
- chemicals - manufacturing chemicals, pharmaceuticals or explosives, storing chemicals in bulk;
- waste - incinerating waste, operating landfills, recovering waste;
- solvents - using solvents; or
- other - manufacturing paper, pulp and board, treating timber products, coating, treating textiles and printing, manufacturing new tyres, intensive pig and poultry farming.
Part A permits control activities with a range of environmental impacts, including:
- emissions to air, land and water;
- energy efficiency;
- waste reduction;
- raw materials consumption;
- noise, vibration and heat; or
- accident prevention.
The permit your business requires depends on the specific processes involved and resulting emissions.
Permits are available from the Environment Agency or us (the regulator) depending upon the category your business falls within:
- Part A(1) installations or mobile plants are regulated by the Environment Agency;
- Part A(2) installations or mobile plants are regulated by us;
- waste operations or waste mobile plant carried on other than at an installation, or by Part A or Part B mobile plants, are regulated by the Environment Agency; or
- Mining waste operations are regulated by the Environment Agency.
See document which lists all the relevant fees.
DEFRA have introduced a £50 charge for late payment of environmental subsistence fees. Invoices that remain unpaid 8 weeks after the invoice date can incur the discretionary £50 charge.
Application, guidance notes or terms and condition
Attachments requiredRefer to guidance notes (section 3), which states the attachments that are required to be submitted with your application.
Processing and timescales
The completed application is reviewed to ensure that all the necessary information has been included with the application form.
The Local authority officer will either seek further information within 14 days or confirm that the application has been ‘duly made’. Once duly made, the target timescale for processing the application and issuing a permit is 4 months.
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 had first been granted.
A summary of the regulation relating to this licence can be found here:
Validity and renewals
The Permit will remain in force until it is either surrendered or revoked.
There is an annual subsistence fee charged for the regulation of the process to the prescribed standards.
You can view the online public register
Contact us in the first instance
An applicant who is refused an environmental permit may appeal to the appropriate authority (Secretary of State). Appeals must be lodged no later than six months from the date of the decision.