Permits are required by certain types of industry to stop them having an adverse effect on health or the local environment.
The permit contains conditions which must be followed.
The Environment Agency regulate larger sites and we regulate smaller sites.
A public register (PDF/460KB/5 pages) is kept at our offices in Kendal and is available to view in the office on request.
Photocopies of non confidential information can be made at a charge.
If you can't come into the office, information can also be provided from the register at a charge (currently £90).
Do I need a permit?
If you operate a business listed in Part 2 of Schedule 1 of the Regulations you need a permit.
You can contact us to find out more if you have questions.
It is an offence to operate without a permit, if you require one you will need to:
Complete the appropriate application form (below)
Send it to us with the appropriate fee (PDF/91KB/2 pages)
We will contact you to discuss your application and arrange a site visit.
There are some cases where you can be exempt from permitting. You should contact us if you think this applies to you.
Process Guidance Notes are available for the different types of business that need a permit.
Defra have more information on environmental permitting.
The Environment Agency have information on current environmental legislation.
Part A2 Application Form (PDF/202KB/8 pages) to apply to operate a new Part A2 installation.
Part B Application Form (PDF/172KB/7 pages) to apply to operate any new Part B installation not listed below.
Notes to help you (PDF/39KB/2 pages) complete the Part B Application form.
Part B Vehicle Resprayer Application Form (PDF/226KB/10 pages) for respraying vehicles using more than 1 tonne of solvent per year.
Part B Mobile Crushing and Screening Application Form (PDF/368KB/7 pages) for mobile plant crushing and screening brick, tiles, concrete or minerals.
Part B Concrete Batching Plant Application Form (PDF/287KB/12 pages) for blending, packing, loading, unloading and use of bulk cement.
Part B Application to Temporarily Transfer a Mobile Plant Permit (PDF/137KB/6 pages) to transfer an existing permit to a third party when mobile crushing or screening plant is hired to them for a limited period.
Part B Declaration of Reduced Operation (PDF/112KB/3 pages) if your site is operating temporarily below the regulation threshold or will be mothballed (for at least 12 months).
Part B Variation Application Form (PDF/263KB/8 pages) for use if you wish to make changes to an existing installation.
Part B Transfer Form (PDF/320KB/7 pages) to apply to transfer an existing installation into new ownership.
Part B Surrender Form (PDF/297KB/6 pages) if you plan to cease operation of an installation.
What happens once I have a permit?
We will issue you with a permit once we are happy you will be able to comply with the conditions attached to it.
You will start to pay an annual subsistence fee.
The fee (PDF/91KB/2 pages) is calculated based on a risk assessment of each site and how often we will need to visit.
The fee is set annually by the Secretary of State.
Regular inspections check that you are complying with the permit conditions.
Our Enforcement Policy (PDF/89KB/4 pages) explains how we regulate sites.
Our leaflet 'Regulating Pollution - What You Need to Know' has information for employers and employees. This is useful for training staff on the reason for and requirements of a permit and explaining their responsibilities. Please contact us if you would like a copy.
Having a permit does not exempt you from requirements under:
- building control
- health and safety
Speak to these departments to check what you need to do.
Please contact us with any complaint about emissions from processes which we regulate and we will investigate.
Contact the Environment Agency about their sites.
The Public Register contains information on sites they cover.
There are no current permit application consultations.