Environmental Permitting Regulations

Paul Downing

You may be a manufacturing or industrial activity falling under the Environmental Permitting Regulations 2016. The chances are that you will have to apply to the relevant regulator (Environment Agency, Natural Resources Wales or the Local Authority) for an environmental permit.

Permits are issued after relevant benchmark surveys are conducted (air, noise, contaminated land etc). This is to measure the current impact on the environment. Also over the lifetime of the permit you will have to comply with the specific conditions contained in it. You will also report regularly to the regulator. Once you wish to stop the process or sell the site therefore, you will need to surrender the permit. You will need to return the site to the original conditions measured in the initial benchmarking surveys.

The permit application process is not straightforward and can be a time-consuming exercise.

In order to support the permit application you may need to conduct;

  • A noise survey
  • A contaminated land study (Site Condition Report), phase 1 and also phase 2
  • An environmental management systems (EMS) audit
  • Air modelling
  • Flood risk assessments
  • Ecology studies

or other studies in order to provide further quantified data on the impact to the environment.

Penalties for operating without the appropriate permits and licences can be heavy. Consequently in extreme cases you may be issued an enforcement notice to prevent you operating.

If you require support with the permit application, supporting studies or an enforcement notice. We can help you. We can provide practical advice at each stage to keep you on the straight and narrow.



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