Environment Agency Permits

Paul Downing

Paul Downing & Associates has been helping businesses apply for Environment Agency Permits in varying industrial sectors. We can help your business apply for vary, transfer or surrender several types of Environment Agency Permits including consolidating older style waste management licences.

For a list of standard rules Environment Agency Permits applications are usually quite straightforward, however even these can take several months to obtain even if the process goes smoothly. Bespoke Environment Agency Permits tend to be slightly more complex and the application determination timescale is slightly longer. It will usually take a few months to bring all of the documentation together and then a further 4-5 months for the Environment Agency to determine your application and decide to issue or refuse the application.

Permits can be transferred to new owners who take over an existing permitted site. The transfer process is usually quite straight forward but you will need to demonstrate technical competence straight away through WAMITAB.

Permit surrenders can be low risk or basic as well as as a full surrender. For a full surrender the process can be very involved, including completing a phase 2 intrusive site condition report to determine contamination levels in the soil and groundwater. If these are increased over the baseline when the operator initially applied for the permit, then they will be liable to clean the site.

Depending on the industry type you may be required to submit several supporting surveys to accompany the application such as fire prevention plans, site condition reports, noise and vibration surveys, odour management plans, dust management plans, etc etc. Quite often these are requested at the determination stage so make sure you are prepared to do more work after the application has ben “duly made” as once the application is in, that is not the end of it.



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