Environmental permits

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.

Applications

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

Use the forms below if:

  • you want to apply for a Part A (2) environmental permit and do not wish to use the online application above; or
  • if you want to apply to vary, transfer or surrender an A (2) permit; or
  • 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). You will need to use the small waste incineration plant form.

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, visit the Government's waste incineration permitting guidance . You should provide two copies of the application form and any supporting information.

 

Part B installations - applying using paper forms

Use the forms below if:

  • you want to apply for a Part B environmental permit and do not wish to use the online application above; or
  • if you wish to apply to vary, 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, regulation and directives

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.

Fees

Local Authority Pollution Prevention Control (LAPPC) charges, updated April 2016

Notes
  • Subsistence charges can be paid in four equal quarterly instalments paid on 1st April, 1st July, 1st October and 1st January. Where paid quarterly the total amount payable to the Local Authority will be increased by £36.
  • Part 1 reduced fee activities are: petrol filling stations, vehicle refinishers (such as body repair shops) and dry cleaners.
  • Part 2 reduced fee activities include the manufacture of heavy clay goods, roadstone coating, china clay processes, crushing and screening of brick, tiles and concrete and the manufacture of timber based products.
  • Part 3 reduced fee activities include most bulk cement activities, coal and coke activities, some quarry processes and other mineral activities.
  • Part 4 reduced fee activities include powder coating, maggot breeding, animal feed compounding and other animal material processes, bitumen activities and polymerisation processes.
  • For a fuller explanation of the new categories of activity, contact licensing enquiries.
  • An additional fee of £50 may be charged in the event that the subsistence fee is not paid within 8 weeks of the invoice date.

Application fees

Type of process Fee
Standard process (includes solvent emission activities) £1579
Additional fee for operating without a permit £1137
Part 1 reduced fee activities £148
PVR I & II (petrol vapour recovery stages 1b and II combined) £246
Vehicle refinishers, any Part 2 or Part 3 reduced fee activity and any new Part 4 reduced fee activity £346
Reduced fee activities: Additional fee for operating without a permit £68
Mobile plant (not using simplified permit) for the first and second permits (each) £1579
Mobile plant (not using simplified permit): for the third to seventh applications (each) £943
Mobile plant (not using simplified permit): for the eighth and subsequent applications (each) £477

Where an application for any of the above is for a combined Part B and waste application, add an extra £297 to the above amounts.

Annual subsistence charges

Type of process Fee
Standard Part B activities and solvent emission activities Low - £739 (+ £99) *
Medium - £1111(+ £149) *
High - £1672 (+ £198) *
Part 1 reduced fee activities Low - £76
Medium - £151
High - £227
PVR I & II (petrol vapour recovery stages 1b and II combined) Low - £108 Medium - £216
High - £326
Vehicle refinishers and Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4 reduced fee activities** Low - £218
Medium - £349
High - £524
Odorising of natural gas no longer required
Mobile plant (not using simplified permit): for first and second permits (each) Low - £618
Medium - £989
High - £1484
Mobile plant (not using simplified permit): for the third to seventh permits (each) Low - £368
Medium - £590
High - £884
Mobile plant (not using simplified permit): eighth and subsequent permits (each) Low - £189
Medium - £302
High - £453

Notes:

* The additional amounts in brackets must be charged where a permit is for a combined Part B and waste installation.

Where a Part B installation is subject to reporting under the E-PRTR (European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register) Regulation, add an extra £99 to the above amounts.

 

Transfer, variation and surrender

Type of process Fee
Standard process transfer £162
Standard process partial transfer £476
New operator at low risk reduced activity fee £75
Surrender: all Part B activities £0
Reduced fee activities: transfer £0
Reduced fee activities: partial transfer £45
Temporary transfer for mobile plant: first transfer £51
Temporary transfer for mobile plant: repeat transfer £0
Temporary transfer for mobile plant: repeat following enforcement or warning £51
Variation in the case of substantial change: standard process £1005
Variation in the case of substantial change: standard process where the substantial change results in a new PPC activity £1579
Variation in the case of substantial change: reduced fee activities £98

Local Authority Integrated Pollution Prevention Control (LA-IPPC)

These fees apply to Part A2 installations and small waste incineration plant permitted under Schedule 13A.

Note: Every subsistence charge in this table includes the additional £99 charge to cover Local Authority extra costs in dealing with reporting under the E-PRTR (European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register) Regulation.

Type of charge Local authority element
Application £3218
Additional fee for operating without a permit £1137
Annual subsistence Low - £1384
Medium - £1541
High - £2233
Substantial variation £1309
Transfer £225
Partial transfer £668
Surrender (including partial surrender) £668

Notes

  • Subsistence charges can be paid in four equal quarterly instalments paid on 1st April, 1st July, 1st October and 1st January. Where paid quarterly the total amount payable to the local authority will be increased by £36.
  • Newspaper adverts may be required under EPR at the discretion of the Local Authority (LA) as part of the consultation process when considering an application (see Chapter 9 of the Pollution Prevention and Control  Environmental Permitting Guidance ). This will be undertaken and paid for by the LA and the charging scheme contains a provision for the LA to recoup its costs.

 

Further information

An environmental permit is a legal document containing conditions that are intended to prevent or minimise pollution from an industrial or commercial activity. The activities that need an environmental permit are listed in the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010 (as amended). A permit may be issued by the Council or by the Environment Agency.

Environmental permits fall into several types:

  1. Part A (1) permits for large or complex industrial installations and most waste activities.
  2. Part A (2) permits for intermediate installations.
  3. Part B permits for relatively simple installations.
  4. Permits issued under Schedules to the Regulations.

To find our more, visit the DEFRA website:  Pollution prevention and control: guidance, regulation and directives .

Exemptions from the need to obtain an environmental permit

In exceptional circumstances, the Council can decide that a particular installation is 'trivial', being so unlikely to cause pollution that it does not need a permit. The Council periodically reviews installations of this kind to make sure the process remains unlikely to cause pollution.

Certain activities involving waste need an exemption registered with one of the regulators. While most exemptions must be registered with the Environment Agency two specific exemptions must be registered with the Council. These are exemptions for decontaminating metals using heat (a T3 exemption) and micro-scale crushing of bricks, tiles and concrete (a T7 exemption).

To register one of these exemptions please complete and return the appropriate form.