An environmental permit is needed for many types of businesses regulated by the Environment Agency under the environmental permit regulations 2016 such as waste transfer stations, food factories, manufacturing, power stations as well as smaller operations such as effluent treatment plants and metal recyling facilities. Environmental Permits are either standard rules or bespoke permits. If you cannot meet the standard rules then you must apply for a bespoke permit.
When submitting your permit application you will ned to supply several other supporting surveys and procedures dependent on the industry sector you are in. These may include noise surveys, soil and groundwater surveys, fire prevention plans, dust management plans, odour management plans, risk assessments and environmental procedures.
You should allow a consultant 1-2 months to put your permit application together after an initial discussion with the EA. You may have to produce block diagrams and business process flow diagrams. you may already have several procedures to hand, however if you haven’t then you need to start these from scratch.
The EA will take up to 3-4 months to determine the application, longer if you are required to submit a fire prevention plan as part of a waste management application. This may take longer if you are a complex business type. Note that with bespoke permits the EA will advertise these to statutory consultees such as English Nature or the Local Authority.
Once you have your permit you will be inspected annually by the EA and bound by it’s conditions. If you are a waste business there will be conditions linked to the types of waste you can accept, storage volumes, retention times and stock management, as well as the training and competence of your staff.
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