Environmental Permitting

A large number of industrial and waste management activities require an operating permit under The Environmental Permitting Regulations (England and Wales) 2010. These regulations replace the 2007 Regulations, which combined the Pollution Prevention and Control (PPC) and Waste Management Licensing (WML) regulations. The objective of the regulations is to protect the environment and human health.

The Environmental Permitting Regulations (EPR) set out three categories of activities; Part A1, A2 and Part B. In England and Wales Part A1 and most waste activities are regulated by the Environment Agency and Part A2 and Part B permits are regulated by the Local Authority. In Scotland, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) or Local Authority are the regulators.

Two types of permit are available: standard and bespoke.

  • A standard permit is a simple permit that requires the permit‐holder to abide by a set of standard rules. Each category of activity has its own fixed set of rules.
  • If the activity does not fit into the standard rules due to the nature of the environmental risk or the nature of the activity, a bespoke permit is required. A bespoke permit has conditions that are specific to the activity that the operator is performing.
  • If the local authority is the regulator, all permits are bespoke, although some sectors can apply for simpler permits based on a standardised form. These simpler permits still have variable conditions that can be negotiated with the local authority, and are thus different from standard permits.

Some activities are exempt from permitting. All operators of exempt activities need to register their exemption with the regulator.

Do you need assistance with an Environmental Permit?

The permitting regime can be complex and highly technical. Often obtaining a permit is time critical to a business. Darcy’s experienced consulting staff can assist you with your permitting requirements, including:

  • New permit applications
  • Variation applications for existing permits
  • Exemption applications
  • Advising on industry best available techniques (BAT)
  • Assessing the impact of emissions
  • Site Protection and Monitoring Programmes (SPMP)
  • Site Condition Reports
  • Developing phased Improvement Programmes
  • Site surrender and closure plans

Further Information

For further information on our Environmental Permitting services please call Darcy on 0800 0370 899.

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