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Environmental Permitting Regulations 2016


Apply for a permit

Some businesses carrying out certain industrial processes may present a risk to the environment. These are classified, rated and granted permits by the Environment Agency or the local council.

Environmental Permitting Regulations 2016

Operators of processes regulated under the Environmental Permitting Regulations 2016 must hold an environmental permit with conditions that the operator must comply with. These conditions are put in place to control and limit emissions to air, water and land.


There are three types of permits:

Part A1 permits

These are regulated by the Environment Agency and cover industries that are considered to be the most likely to cause pollution, such as large-scale power stations, chemical works and pharmaceutical production. A1 premises are regulated for emissions to air, land, water, and other environmental considerations such as noise, vibrations, waste and energy usage.

Part A2 permits

These industries are regulated by the local council and are seen as a medium risk to the environment and human health. A2 premises are regulated for emissions to air, land, water and other environmental considerations.

Part B permits

These businesses are regulated by the local council and are considered to be low risk. Industries such as cement and tarmac plants, animal feed manufacturers and vehicle sprayers fall into this category, and they are only regulated for emissions to air.

There are three A1 processes within the district. There are currently no A2 processes in the district.

Apply for a permit

You will be required to pay a one-off fee for a new permit application, and a yearly fee while ever you continue to operate the permitted process. Your process will be risk-rated, and inspected at suitable intervals.

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