Environmental permits

You can view a summary of the regulation relating to environmental permits or use the list below to find out more specific information about applying for a licence.

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  • Licence summary

    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, liquefaction 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 us (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.

  • 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. A fee may be payable.

    If further information is required, we will notify you and you 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.

  • Application evaluation process

    We look to protect the environment by preventing or, where that is not practicable, reducing emissions into the air, water and land.

    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.

  • Will tacit consent apply?

    No. It is in the public interest that we process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from us within a reasonable period, please contact us.

  • Apply online

    Apply for a part A2 Environmental Permit

    Apply for a part B Environmental Permit

    Application fees payable in connection with environment permit applications are set by DEFRA.

  • What happens if my application is turned down?

    If you apply for an environmental permit and we do not grant it, you have a right of appeal. Please contact us using the details below.

    Email: environmental.health@dacorum.gov.uk
    Telephone: 01442 228455

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

  • Appeal against conditions

    If you are granted an environmental permit and we attach conditions to it, you have a right to appeal against the conditions. Please contact us using the details below.

    Email: environmental.health@dacorum.gov.uk
    Telephone: 01442 228455

    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 appropriate authority.

    Appeals must be lodged in relation to a regulator-initiated variation, a suspension notice or an enforcement notice no later than two months from the date of the variation or notice. In all other cases, no later than six months from the date of the decision.

  • Complaints

    If you have a complaint about the holder of an environmental permit, please get in contact with the holder. The best way to do this is by sending a letter with proof of delivery.

    If that has not worked and you are located in the UK, the Citizens Advice Bureau will be able to give you more advice.

    From outside the UK, contact the UK European Consumer Centre.

  • Compensation

    Compensation may be payable in relation to conditions affecting certain interests in land.

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