Environmental permits

The council is responsible for regulating the environmental impacts of certain types of industrial process.* There are two separate kinds of pollution control depending on the type and scale of the industrial process. 

Public register

The council is required to establish and maintain a register of all industrial processes that have been issued an environmental permit.  The register can be viewed by visiting the council offices or by contacting the Environmental Protection Team (see the Contacts section of this page).

  • Pollution of air, water and land is regulated for installations known as A2 installations **
  • Pollution or air only is regulated for Part B installations***
  • The Environment Agency regulates pollution of air, water and land for A1 installations****

View the classification and range of processes and installations requiring a permit This link will take you to an external website...

*As specified in the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010 This link will take you to an external website... .
** Under the Local Authority Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control.
*** Under Local Authority Pollution Prevention and Control.
**** Under Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control.

Apply for a permit

If the industrial processes you carry out are covered by these regulations, you will need to make sure you apply for an environmental permit.

There are conditions attached to the permit you will need to achieve to control and minimise your environmental emissions.

We will need to carry out a site visit to check the equipment and processes of the proposed premises. 

Application forms are available by contacting the Environmental Protection Team (see the Contacts section of this page). 

Fees and charges

You will need to send us the correct application fee before we process your application.

If we have granted you an environmental permit, please be aware you need to pay an annual subsistence fee.

Fees and charges are set each financial year by Defra and are published on the GOV.UK website GOV.UK This link will take you to an external website... .

Timescales

We aim to issue a permit within four months after receipt of a completed application form and payment of the application fee. 

Renewal of permits

Permits do not have an expiry date and run from the date of issue until they are varied, surrendered or revoked.   In the event of non compliance with the permit conditions or non payment of the subsistence fee the council may consider revoking the environmental permit.

Inspections

Regular inspections will be undertaken by authorised officers of the environmental protection team to check and ensure full compliance with the permit.  These inspections may be undertaken without prior notice.

Appeals and complaints

If you have concerns about how your application is handled, the first point of contact will be the case officer dealing with your application.  If you are still not satisfied you can lodge a complaint with their line manager.

Operators have the right of appeal against the conditions attached to their environmental permit.  Supplementary notes attached to any issued permit will explain the grounds for appealing and how to appeal.

Other considerations

The following matters are not directly taken into account when considering applications, but you are strongly encouraged to ensure that you have taken account of these issues before applying for a licence (this list is not intended to be exhaustive or comprehensive):

Further information

If you want more information on the policy and procedures for how the council issue environmental permits, the Secretary of State has published a -General Guidance Manual on Policy and Procedures for A2 and Part B Installations.  This is available from the archive section of the Defra website.

Contact us

If you have any queries you can contact Environmental Protection (see the Contacts section of this page) or you can use our online form.

Last reviewed: 29 - 05 - 2015

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