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Environmental permits for pollution prevention and control

To do certain activities, including respraying vehicles, dry cleaning and making furniture, you need to get an environmental permit from the Council.

It’s against the law to operate without the correct permit – you could be fined up to £50,000 and / or imprisoned for up to 5 years.

There are separate forms for dry cleaning permits. For all other permits, use this page.

About environmental permits

For heavy industry you need a permit from the Environment Agency. For part A(2) and B processes you need a permit from your local council. If you’re not sure which permit you need, contact us.

Part A(2) processes

These are medium risk industrial processes, including:

  • glass-making
  • galvanising
  • rendering
  • ceramics
  • roadstone coating

Part B processes

Part B processes have the potential to cause air pollution including:

  • vehicle re-spraying
  • furniture manufacture
  • unloading of petrol at petrol stations
  • dry cleaners

Apply for a permit

You have to submit the forms below, with the correct fee, to us. We will then consider and issue a permit in accordance with government regulations and guidance. You will be inspected to check that you comply with the conditions of the permit.

Read the instructions on the front of each form carefully before you complete it. We are unable to process incomplete forms which will result in delays.

Transfer a permit

If the ownership of a process changes, you can transfer a permit to new owners. Transfers may be for the whole installation, or for one or more parts of it. Complete and submit the relevant form with the correct fee below.

Failure to apply for a transfer an environmental permit is an offence under the Environmental Permitting Regulations 2007 and may result in a fine of up to £50,000 and/or imprisonment for up to 5 years.

Change conditions of a permit

Complete and submit the relevant form below:

Surrender a permit

You can apply to give up your permit. Complete and submit the forms below:

Timescale for a decision

Applications for permits, variations and transfers will be determined in accordance with the timescales below:

Application type Timescale for a decision Exceptions
Part A2 application for a permit Generally 4 months but up to 5 months 3 weeks Additional time may be required where further information is being sought to determine the application, or where there are issues of commercial confidentiality, national security or where additional consultation on off site conditions is required.
Substantial variation 4 months A longer period may be agreed between the applicant and the Council.
Non substantial variations 3 months A longer period may be agreed between the applicant and the Council.
Application to transfer the permit 2 months A longer period may be agreed between the applicant and the Council.
Part B application for a permit Generally 4 months Additional time may be required where further information is being sought to determine the application, or where there are issues of commercial confidentiality, national security or where additional consultation on off site conditions is required.
Part B waste oil burners/dry cleaning 3 months

Guidance notes

There are guidance notes for specific industrial activities, and general activities at the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

Register of permits

Legislation

Responsibility for local air pollution control (LAPC) to all local authorities in England and Wales was introduced by the Environmental Protection Act 1990 LAPC and the integrated pollution control (IPC) regime were replaced by The Pollution Prevention and Control (England and Wales) Regulations 2000 (the PPC regulations), introduced under the Pollution Prevention and Control Act 1999.

In 2008, the PPC Regulations were replaced by The Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2007 (the EP regulations), bringing together the regulation of processes previously covered by the Pollution Prevention and Control (PPC) regulations and the Waste Management Licensing (WML) regulations under one system. The current EP regulations, The Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010, came into force on 6 April 2010.

Page updated on: 5 July 2019

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