Environmental permits

Environmental permit applications

The person who will operate an installation (or an authorised person on behalf of a company) should complete the relevant application form and submit it, with the correct fee, to the Council. If you are not sure which form to use, or you need help completing the form, please contact the Council. For contact details see Licensing enquiries.

If you apply using a printed application form you should enclose a cheque for the application fee, made payable to 'Calderdale MBC'. Alternatively you can apply online for Part A2 and Part B permits and for changes to existing permits.  The fees are set out in Environmental permit fees.  In some cases the Council may advertise the application in a local newspaper, and recover the cost from the applicant. The Council will contact applicants within 14 days of receiving the application to confirm whether the application contains enough information to allow the Council to decide whether to grant the permit.

Surrendering and transferring environmental permits

Once a permit is issued it may be transferred in whole or in part to another operator. The current and proposed operator should apply jointly for the permit to be transferred. In some cases there is a fee, set out in the list of fees.

Part B permits can be surrendered if the operator intends to cease operating the permitted process. The operator should complete and return the surrender form. There is no charge for surrendering a Part B environmental permit.

Part A (2) permits may also be surrendered, but the operator will have to demonstrate to the Council that the site of the installation will not be left in a polluted state. There is a fee for surrendering a Part A (2) permit, and operators should complete and submit the appropriate A2 form.

Apply online

You can apply and pay online for the permits listed here via GOV.UK.

Payment can be made by debit or credit card.

Part A (2) installations and small waste incineration plant - applying using paper forms

Please use the forms below if you wish to apply for a Part A (2) environmental permit and do not wish to use the online form above, or if you wish to apply to vary, transfer or surrender an A (2) permit.  Use the small waste incineration form if your intention is to burn nonhazardous waste (between 50kg per hour and 3 tonnes per hour) or hazardous waste (less than ten tonnes per day). It is essential to speak to the Council before submitting applications on these forms.  If you are not sure which waste incineration permit you need to apply for see the Government's waste incineration permitting guidance|External link. You should provide two copies of the application form and any supporting information.

Part B installations - applying using paper forms

Please use the forms below if you wish to apply for, or apply to vary, a Part B environmental permit and do not wish to use the online form above, or if you wish to transfer or surrender a Part B permit.  It is essential to speak to the Council before submitting applications on these forms.  From April 2016 Part B permits for small waste oil burners will no longer be issued.  If you are considering applying for a permit to burn waste oil you should speak to the Council first.

Will tacit authorisation apply?

No.
Guidance, including determination criteria and statutory timescales for determination, is published on the DEFRA web site: Pollution Prevention and Control: Guidance, regulations and directives|External link.

Processing applications

The Council is required to process applications within a specified time. For most applications this time limit is four months from the date the application is accepted (or 'duly made'). For simple processes, such as dry cleaners, the time limit is three months.

The Council will consider the information set out in your application form together with any supporting documents. In most cases an inspector will visit the proposed installation or mobile plant, and the council may consult with other agencies about the application.

If the Council intends to grant the application a draft permit will be given to the applicant, and any comments will be considered before the permit is granted.  A draft permit may also be placed on the Council's website when public consultation is required.

Refusing applications

The Council will not automatically grant a permit. We cannot grant a permit if we believe that the applicant will not be the operator of the installation. We must also refuse to grant a permit if we believe that the applicant will not comply with the permit conditions. This may be because of a history of disregard for the environment, based on evidence such as convictions for environmental offences. There is no tacit consent for processes prescribed in Schedule 1 of the Environmental Permitting Regulations, but there is a right of appeal.

What could delay processing an application?

In some cases the Council will ask for more information to help decide what conditions should be included in the permit, or to be certain that the best available techniques are going to be used to prevent pollution from the installation. The Council can serve a notice requesting the information, and the application process is delayed until the information is received.  Speaking to the Council before making your application can reduce the possibility of delay.

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Last Updated: 29/12/2015