Vehicle Depollution Permit

Vehicle Depollution Permit

Paul Downing & Associates has helped many end of life vehicle recyclers become ATF’s by applying for and obtaining a vehicle depollution permit or environmental permit from the Environment Agency.

We can help with all aspects of the application including looking at the size of the site and sealed drainage to ensuring that you can meet the requirements of the fire prevention plan guidance. The vehicle depollution permit will take a couple of months to pull together including all associated risk assessments, procedures, waste acceptance criteria and surveys and it will take the EA a further 4-6 months before the permit is eventually granted.

Once you are an ATF then you can take in end of life vehicles and depollute them in accordance to the conditions on the permit, this includes, baling tyres, shearing, shredding, cutting and treatment by other means as approved by the EA. Your conditions will depend on whether you have a standard rules permit or a bespoke permit. Whether you need or are eligible to apply for a standard rules permit is something that is discussed at the very beginning of the application process and very much depends on your location, tonnages involved and treatment options required by you. Call us to day for an informal discussion.

Our Services

We can provide all of the services necessary to help you apply to become an authorised ATF including applying for the correct environmental permit and producing all of the correct supporting information and surveys required by the application process. These are different for different operators depending on the type of permit and type of operation applied for. Below are some of our services frequently requested by operators wanting to become ATF’s:

  • Review of new sites
  • Review of drainage requirements
  • Sizing of waste piles to meet the FPP guidance
  • Fire Prevention Plans
  • Risk assessments
  • Application forms and supporting surveys
  • Site condition reports
  • Management systems
  • Installation of fire-bays
  • Storage arrangements and racking
After several failed attempts trying to deal with the EA ourselves, we eventually employed Paul to complete our ELV permit transfer from a previous site owner. His consultancy service was professional and resulted in the EA completing a successful transfer of ownership from the previous owner to us.

Lee Conde, Director

LC Autos Ltd – ELV Permit Transfer
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