Environmental Permit

We have helped many businesses apply for and obtain a standard rules or bespoke environmental permit, see our projects page for a sample of our recent work.

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, ELV 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 along with drainage plans and waste storage layout. You may already have several procedures to hand, however if you haven’t then you need to start these from scratch and make sure they meet EA guidance and reflect your actual operations.

The EA will take up to 3-4 months to determine the application after it is “Duly Made, longer if you are required to submit a fire prevention plan as part of a waste management application. This may take even 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 and your application fees will be higher.

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.

If you require information about our permit consultancy services please get in contact today for an informal discussion.

Call 01428-768-087



Energy Management Solutions

We offer a range of energy consultancy solutions for the modern manufacturing business, such as compliance to ISO 50001, ESOS and certification for buildings and properties such as EPC's, DEC's & CEEMARS. We can provide an energy audit of you manufacturing or factory business to identify where energy and cost savings can be made. Should you need the services of an energy broker or management company we can look into this for you via our network of approved energy managers.


Environmental Management

Paul Downing & Associates offer a range of consultancy, waste and energy management solutions for the modern manufacturing business. Paul Downing & Associates offers services for compliance to legislation, permit applications, audits, ISO 14001 and other services. We can help quantify your impacts on the environment and manage legal compliance and certification schemes on your behalf.


Permits and Consents

We offer a range of services to waste management companies who need waste permits, environmental permits and licences to operate and those who need to need to stay abreast of UK legislation. We also conduct waste audits on operational businesses wanting to minimise resource use. If you are a waste business operating a transfer station or landfill activity we can help you apply, vary or surrender an environmental permit including helping increase your business by applying for additional waste codes and waste volumes for your business.

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