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Environmental Permitting

Terms

You must have an environmental permit if you operate a regulated facility in England or Wales.

A regulated facility includes:

  • installations or mobile plants carrying out listed activities

  • waste operations

  • waste mobile plant

  • mining waste operations

Listed activities include:

  • energy - burning fuel, gasification, liquification and refining activities

  • metals - manufacturing and processing metals

  • minerals - manufacturing lime, cement, ceramics or glass

  • chemicals - manufacturing chemicals, pharmaceuticals or explosives, storing chemicals in bulk

  • waste - incinerating waste, operating landfills, recovering waste

  • solvents - using solvents

  • other - manufacturing paper, pulp and board, treating timber products, coating, treating textiles and printing, manufacturing new tyres, intensive pig and poultry farming

Listed activities are divided into three categories: Part A(1), Part A(2) and Part B.

Part A permits control activities with a range of environmental impacts, including:

  • emissions to air, land and water

  • energy efficiency

  • waste reduction

  • raw materials consumption

  • noise, vibration and heat

  • accident prevention

Part B permits control activities which cause emissions to air.

The permit your business requires depends on the specific processes involved and resulting emissions.

Permits are available from the Environment Agency or your us the local authority (the regulator) depending upon the category your business falls within:

  • Part A(1) installations or mobile plants are regulated by the Environment Agency

  • Part A(2) and Part B installations or mobile plants are regulated by the local authority, except waste operations carried out at Part B installations which are regulated by the Environment Agency

  • waste operations or waste mobile plant carried on other than at an installation, or by Part A or Part B mobile plants, are regulated by the Environment Agency

  • mining waste operations are regulated by the Environment Agency

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Costs

Please see costs of an application on the DEFRA website or contact us for further information.

Eligibility Criteria

Applications must be made on the form provided by us or online and must include specified information which will vary depending on the operation.

If further information is required the applicant will be notified by us and they must provide this information or the application will be deemed to be withdrawn.

The application must be from the operator of the regulated facility.

For waste operations no licence will be granted unless any required planning permission had first been granted.

Regulation Summary

Application Evaluation Process

The application must be provided on the form provided by the local authority and must include the relevant fee.

Application should give all the information a local authority needs to make a determination (duly made). To that end pre-application discussions with the regulator are recommended.

Where an application does not contain all the required information the regular will have to request additional information delaying determination.

Applications that are not duly made will normally be returned along with any fee.

The local authority will normally determine the application within 4 months of receipt ( 3 months for dry cleaners and small waste oil burners).

We will pay regard to the protection of the environment taken as a whole by, in particular, preventing or, where that is not practicable, reducing emissions into the air, water and land.

As the regulator we may inform the public of the application and must consider any representations.

The application must be from the operator of the regulated facility and the regulator must be satisfied that they must operate the facility in accordance with the environmental permit.

It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from us within a reasonable period, please contact us.

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How we will notify you

You will be notified in writing of any decisions relating to your application as soon as reasonably practicable.

Timescales

Applications will normally be determined within 4 months of receipt.

Making an application

Apply online to:

Note: when you click the links above, you will be redirected to the governments Business Link website. You are required to create a Government Gateway account before you can proceed with your application.

We would recommend that you contact us for an application form. Alternatively application forms can be downloaded below

Public Register

Our role is to write a permit that contains a number of conditions to control the way the process operates and set emission standards or pollution levels. We inspect these processes routinely, and more often where we suspect problems may be happening. Breaching the conditions we set may lead to enforcement action and can lead to prosecution. We must also keep information about these processes on a Public Register.

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Appeals

Please contact us in the first instance.

An applicant who is refused an environmental permit may appeal to the Secretary of State. Appeals must be lodged no later than six months from the date of the decision.

If an application to vary, transfer or surrender an environmental permit has been refused or if the applicant objects to conditions imposed on the environmental permit they may appeal to the Secretary of State.

Appeals must be lodged in relation to a regulator initiated variation, a suspension notice or an enforcement notice, not later than two months from the date of the variation or notice and in any other case not later than six months from the date of the decision.

Compensation maybe payable in relation to conditions affecting certain interests in land.

Complaints and Feedback

Please contact us in the first instance for the attention of Dominic Stokes, Commercial Team Manager (telephone 0114 273 4661)

For consumers we would always advise that in the event of a complaint contact is made with the trader by you - preferably in the form a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK, Consumer Direct will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.

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Useful links

Contact Us

Environmental Protection Service

2-10 Carbrook Hall Road

Sheffield

S9 2DB

Email : epsadmin@sheffield.gov.uk

(telephone) 0114 273 4651 (fax) 0114 237 6464

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