Bespoke Permit

Paul Downing

bespoke permitIf you operate a business that is required to apply for an environmental permit but you cannot meet any of the standard rules permit conditions, then you will need to apply for a bespoke permit.

A bespoke permit is just that, an environmental permit tailored to your particular business requirements in terms of waste volumes, your location, operating techniques and processes you may want to operate on site such as shearing, baling, cutting etc.

Whilst a bespoke permit is more practical from your business point of view, it also is more expensive to apply for (can be up to 10x more than a standard rules application) and administer. The annual subsistence charge is higher and the Environment Agency will want to see more stringent controls and procedures in place.

One of the main reasons that a bespoke permit may be required is that the standard rules permits often have location conditions stating that the operation cannot be run less than 200m from a SSSI or SPA or other sensitive site. If this is the case then bespoke is your only option even though you may be able to meet all other standard rules conditions.

On the upside – you are not limited by volumes or EWC codes as in SR permits but of course you pay more depending on the volumes you want to accept at site. If you are accepting hazardous waste then expect the fees to ramp up again. Remember that if you are accepting combustible waste then you will need to get your fire prevention plan approved before a permit can be granted.

Applying for a bespoke permit is not a minor undertaking and you should weigh up the cost benefits to see if you can operate under a standard rules permit or even waste exemptions first.

If you require advice on applying for a bespoke environmental permit please call us on 077 901 470 84

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