Environmental permit part A

Application type

You must have an Environmental Permit if you operate a regulated installation in England or Wales.  Regulated installations are divided into three categories: Part A(1), Part A(2) or and Part B.  Part A(2) and Part B installations are regulated by the Local Authority.  Part A(1) installations are regulated by the Environment Agency.  Information on A(1) activities can be found on the Environment Agency website.  This page is for Part A(2) installations.

Part A(2) summary

Part A(2) installations include the following:

  • particleboard, oriented strand board and dry process fibreboard sector
  • glassmaking
  • ferrous foundries
  • activities in the non-ferrous metals
  • galvanising
  • surface treatment using organic solvents
  • ceramics sector including heavy clay, refractories, calcining clay and whiteware
  • roadstone coating, mineral and other processes that burn recovered fuel oil
  • animal carcass incineration with capacity of less than 1 tonne per hour.

For further information on these activities please refer to Defra’s Sector Guidance Notes.  

Please contact us to request an application form and to discuss your application.

An application fee, dependent on the operation, will be applicable. Fees are set by Defra and change annually. Visit the Defra website to access a current list of application fees.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants should give all the information a local authority needs to make a determination.  If an applicant fails to do this, the authority may have to request additional information, delaying the determination. 

It may also mean that the application is not duly made in accordance with paragraph 2 of Schedule 5 to the EP Regulations.  This means that it cannot be accepted as valid.  The determination period within which the application should be decided does not begin until the application has been duly made.

An application is not treated as duly- made when, for instance:

  • it has not been submitted on a standard form (or all necessary parts of such a form have not been completed)
  • it is for an installation that falls outside the remit of the Part A(2) regime
  • it has been sent to the wrong regulator
  • it has not addressed some key points, or there is substantial and obvious doubt over the basic adequacy of a key part of the application
  • the declarations have not been completed
  • the operator is not a legal entity
  • the necessary fee has not been paid.

Regulation summary

If you are granted a permit to operate an A(2) installation you will be required to comply with the permit conditions set out by the local authority.  The local authority will pay regard to the protection of the environment taken as a whole by in particular preventing emissions or, where that is not practicable, reducing emissions into the air water and land when creating your permit conditions. 

The applicant has the right to appeal to the Secretary of State/Welsh Ministers if an authority refuses a permit or if the applicant is dissatisfied with the conditions imposed.

Permits are granted under the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2012.

Application evaluation process

The local authority will aim to complete the assessment of whether an application is duly made within 10 working days. The applicant will be informed by the local authority whether their application has been duly made.

If your application has been duly made, your application will be processed within 4 months of its submission.


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