Register of environmental permits

The Environmental Protection Team maintain a public register of environmental permit applications, permitted processes and surrendered permits.

This list is updated at the time there are any changes to the public register. Cost accounting information is also available as part of the public register. The public register is available to view by contacting

Background to Environmental Permitting

The Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010 ('the Regulations') requires certain industrial installations to obtain an environmental permit before they are allowed to operate.

The Regulations cover a diverse range of industrial processes from dry cleaners and petrol stations to metal foundries. Some processes require a permit by definition, whilst others only need a permit if they exceed certain specified thresholds such as solvent consumption or capacity.

The list of industrial activities covered by the Environmental Permitting regime is listed in Part 2 of Schedule 1 of the Regulations. This list is split into three categories - Part A (1), Part A (2) and Part B.

The Environment Agency regulates Part A (1) processes which are considered to be the most polluting activities and all emissions are covered by the permit.

Local Authorities are responsible for regulating Part A (2) for emissions to air, water and land plus Part B activities for emissions to air only.

Local Authority Pollution Prevention and Control (LAPPC)

A permit will include conditions covering the way in which the installation is to be operated, including transport movements, storage of waste and other materials and limits emissions. Permits will also ensure that the legislative requirements of for example, the Clean Air Act or nuisance legislation are met as once a permit has been granted, action cannot be taken under these laws.

We currently regulate one A2 ceramics process and about fifty Part B processes and these range from small processes such as dry cleaners, waste oil burners and petrol filling stations to larger installations such as vehicle refinishers, bulk cement batchers, foundries, a crematorium and factories undertaking the coating of metal, plastics and wood.