Permit Transfer

Paul Downing

You may consider an environmental permit transfer if you are taking over an existing regulated facility and wish to transfer the environmental permit to be registered in your own or your company’s name. You must agree to run the business in a similar manner to the way it is run before the permit transfer is approved. However once the permit transfer is complete you can of course apply again the vary the permit to add additional EWC types or increase the volumes or add treatment activity types.

Although not essential as a permit transfer, it is always a good idea to undertake a site condition report to establish to current pollution potential of the site. This can act as an insurance in the future if you decide to surrender the permit at a later date. It would be in your interest to find and pollution linkages now to demonstrate that you are not the sole contributor to any soil or groundwater contamination. The Environment Agency will also want to be satisfied that you will be able to operate the site in a competent manner, so you must already have a WAMITAB qualification.

The transfer process is relatively straightforward compared to a new permit application, however you should ensure that you are clear about the operation and the assets that you are taking over before you start the transfer process. Most transfers are completed well within 3 months.

The old owner of the environmental permit will be keen to ensure that the permit is transferred to you because this absolves him of any liabilities on the operational and land quality aspects of the permit area. You will be liable for any land quality issues such as drainage, flooding, contaminated land, surface water discharge etc etc, so it is in your best interests to ensure you are 100% clear on what you are taking on before starting the permit transfer process.

Call us on 01428 768 087 for more information on environmental permit transfers.

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