We have produced one rule set allowing an operator to temporarily store up to 75,000 waste digestate from anaerobic treatment plants, away from the treatment facility.
Applying for a standard permit
You can apply for a standard permit if you can comply with the standard rules and meet the following risk criteria.
- 200 metres of a European Site, Ramsar site or a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
- 200 metres from any dwelling or workplace
- 10 metres of a watercourse
- 50 metres of any spring or well, or of any borehole not used to supply water for domestic or food production purposes
- 50 metres away from any well, spring or borehole used for the supply of water for human consumption - this must include private water supplies
- a groundwater source protection zone 1.
Applying for a bespoke permit
If you cannot comply with any of the standard rules, or meet any one of the criteria listed above, then you must apply for a bespoke permit. Your application must include additional information about the criteria that you cannot meet and how you intend to control the associated risks:
Cost of standard permits
The cost of standard permits can be found within our charging scheme. Please visit the Environmental Permitting (EP) charges page:
You can find the standard rules sets, generic risk assessment, guidance and application form by using the links below.
Look at the standard rules that you want to apply for and check that:
- the permitted activities include all the ones that you want to carry out
- the permitted waste types include all the wastes that you want to accept onto the site
- the permitted waste quantity is sufficient
- you can comply with all the other rules. We have written guidance to help you understand how to comply with the rules
Download and check the rules:
We carried out a risk assessment to develop the risk criteria for these activities to produce the standard rules. We have provided it for your information, but you do not need to agree with it or send us a signed copy:
Record of changes to standard rules and generic risk assessment
A record of the changes to the standard rules and generic risk assessment since they were first published is available from the link below. The record of change was last updated in June 2012. If you operate under this set of standard rules, you must comply with the current version that is linked to this web page:
Guidance on how to comply with your standard permit
Guidance is provided in a document called 'How to Comply with your Environmental Permit'. This is available to download from our Environmental Permitting guidance page:
Application form and explanatory notes
The Environmental Permitting Regulations application form is available from the link below: