Certain industrial activities must obtain a permit before they can operate.
Permits contain conditions which an operator must comply with. These help to reduce air pollution to acceptable levels.
The Environment Agency and local authorities issue permits:
Part B activities which we currently regulate:
A list of Part B permits is available in the download section below..
There are currently no Part A1 permits and one Part A2, IBC Vehicles in Kimpton Road.
Application forms for specific industries and for transferring, surrendering and varying a permit are available in the downloads section below. If the application form you need is not listed, please contact us. A list of application fees is also available below.
For some activities, applications may need to be advertised in a local paper to give the public the opportunity to comment. We may also need to contact the Environment Agency and English Nature.
We have four months to decide whether to issue a permit or refuse an application.
Our officers visit businesses to check that permit conditions are being met. A risk assessment scoring system is used to decide how often visits are made. Businesses with a higher score are visited more frequently than those with a lower score.
Our enforcement policy leaflet, available to download below, explains how our officers will carry out their duties.
Each year an annual subsistence charge must be paid. The charge is based on a risk assessment score.
The score is calculated when one of our officers visits the business to check that permit conditions are being met. Businesses with a higher risk score pay more than those with a lower risk score.
See the downloads section for a list of charges.
If the change may have an effect on your emissions, please contact us.
If you want to close your business, you must complete a surrender application form, available to download below. If you do not surrender your permit, you may be liable for the annual subsistence charge for the next financial year.
If you want to transfer your business and permit to someone else, you must complete a transfer application form, available to download below.
Guidance is available on the DEFRA website.