Does your business need an environmental permit?
The council monitors and inspects a range of businesses under the Environmental Permitting Regulations, to control air pollution problems. These Regulations require operators of certain installations to apply for permits, and these contain conditions which the operator must comply with. However, certain installations may also have conditions set to control aspects such as noise, emissions to water, land and air.
A schedule of activities that require permitting is available in the Regulations:
Environmental Permitting Regulations (external website)
Apply for an environmental permit online
You can also view a copy of the council's enforcement policy.
For further advice and guidance on environmental permits please contact us:
Tel: (01482) 396301
The Environment Agency and Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs provide specific information and guidance relating to environmental permitting.
Gov.uk - Environment Agency environmental permitting (external website - opens in new window)
Gov.uk - Regulating industrial emissions (external website - opens in new window)
Larger boilers may require a permit under the Environmental Permitting Regulations and, depending on the fuel used, may fall within the requirements of the Waste Incineration Directive.
An increasing number of businesses are looking at biomass as an energy source for providing heat, as well as power. In general, you will need an environmental permit from the council if the boiler is using biomass fuel from natural sources, e.g. wood pellets, and has a rated thermal input >20 MW, or if the boiler is burning waste or waste-derived biomass, and has an aggregate capacity of 50kg or more per hour. Other types of appliance may require a permit from the Environment Agency instead.
If you would like to discuss your proposal, please contact us:
Further advice on air quality and planning is available on our air pollution page. You can use the following forms to provide us with further information about your proposal, which will help us deal with your enquiry:
Planning biomass boiler information request form (word 117kb opens in new window)
Planning combined heat and power information request form (word 119kb opens in new window)
We will publish documents for public consultation below, whenever we receive applications for certain permitted installations. If you have any comments or objections on a proposed installation, we will take these into consideration when determining the application.
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You may also wish to check with the Environment Agency, to see what permit applications they are currently consulting on:
Gov.uk - Environment Agency permit applications (external website)
There are currently no public consultations open.
The council can provide you with advice regarding applications for environmental permits, and our role as regulators.
You can email us at email@example.com, or call (01482) 396301.
If you require specialist advice on environmental issues and industrial emissions, you may wish to use the following directories to search for suitable consultants and testing companies:
ENDS directory of environmental consultants (external website)
Source Testing Association members list (external website)