Find out if your facility needs an environmental permit and how to apply.
Do I need to apply for a permit?
Combustion activities listed in Section 1.1, Part (A) 1 of Schedule 1 of the Environmental Permitting Regulations will normally require an environmental permit issued by the Environment Agency.
This section includes:
- combustion appliances with an aggregated rated thermal input of greater than 50MW, or
- appliances with a rated thermal input of greater than 3MW which burn fuel manufactured from, or comprising, waste (unless they are carried on as part of a Part B activity, in which case they will normally fall to the Local Authority for regulation).
Further information is given in Regulatory Guidance Series EPR 2 Understanding the meaning of regulated facility. You can download a copy of this from our Regulatory Guidance series web page:
Further guidance on landfill gas combustion activities is also available:
How to apply for a permit
We have two types of permit available, standard and bespoke. The majority of operations in this sector will need a bespoke environmental permit.
Part A(1) combustion activities regulated by the Environment Agency will require a bespoke environmental permit.
Click on the headings below to find out more about the environmental permitting process:
Find out how to make changes to (vary), transfer or surrender your permit.
Guidance on how to complete your application and help you comply with the conditions of your environmental permit.
You need to fill in the application form if you want to apply for a new permit, or if you want to change, transfer or surrender your permit.
Find out how we consult with the public and relevant organisations on applications for permits.
The Environment Agency must decide whether to grant or refuse the applications on this page. If it grants an application, it must also decide what conditions should be included in the permit.
If you still aren’t sure whether you need an Environmental Permit, please contact our National Customer Contact Centre on 0370 8506506. If your enquiry is of a technical nature they may pass you to someone in our area offices.
Please be aware that the amount of free time we can spend on pre-application is limited. Please familiarise yourself with the relevant guidance before you call us.