Environmental permits

You must have an environmental permit if you operate a regulated facility in England or Wales.

A regulated facility includes:

  • Installations or mobile plants carrying out listed activities
  • Waste operations
  • Waste mobile plant
  • Mining waste operations

Listed activities include:

  • Energy - burning fuel, gasification, liquefaction and refining activities
  • Metals - manufacturing and processing metals
  • Minerals - manufacturing lime, cement, ceramics or glass
  • Chemicals - manufacturing chemicals, pharmaceuticals or explosives, storing chemicals in bulk
  • Waste - incinerating waste, operating landfills, recovering waste
  • Solvents - using solvents for printing or painting
  • Other - manufacturing timber products, coating, printing, manufacturing new tyres, intensive pig and poultry farming

Listed activities are divided into three categories: Part A(1), Part A(2) and Part B.

Part A permits control activities with a range of environmental impacts, including:

  • Emissions to air, land and water
  • Energy efficiency
  • Waste reduction and minimisation
  • Noise
  • Accident prevention

Part B permits control activities which cause emissions to air.

The permit your business requires depends on the specific processes involved and resulting emissions.

Permits are available from the Environment Agency or your local council (the regulator) depending upon the category your business falls within:

  • Part A(1) installations or mobile plants are regulated by the Environment Agency
  • Part A(2) and Part B installations or mobile plants are regulated by the local council, except waste operations carried out at Part B installations which are regulated by the Environment Agency
  • Waste operations or waste mobile plant carried on other than at an installation, or by Part A or Part B mobile plants, are regulated by the Environment Agency
  • Mining waste operations are regulated by the Environment Agency
About this licence

There are a number of charges set by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) for applications and substantial changes to existing processes. There is also an annual subsistence fee. The fees are in the tables below.

LAPPC (Part B) charges for 2024/25

Type of charge Type of process Fee 2023/24
Application fee Standard process (includes solvent emission activities) £1650
Additional fee for operating without a permit £1188
PVRI, and dry cleaners £155
PVR I & II combined £257
Vehicle (VRs) and other reduced fee activities £362
Reduced fee activities:  Additional fee for operating without a permit £99
Mobile plant** £1650
for the third to seventh applications  £985
for the eighth and subsequent applications  £498
Where an application for any of the above is for a combined Part B and waste application, add an extra £310 to the above amounts  
Annual subsistence charge Standard process low £772 (+104)*
Standard process medium £1161 (+£156)
Standard process high £1747 (+£207)
PVRI, and dry cleaners low/med/high £79 £158 £237
PVR I & II combined low/med/high £113 £226 £341
Vehicle refinishers and other reduced fess low/med/high £228 £365 £548
Mobile plant, for first and second permits low/med/high** £646 £1034 £1551
for the third to seventh permits L/M/H £385 £617 £924
eighth and subsequent permits L/M/H £198 £316 £473
Late payment fee £52
  * the additional amounts in brackets must be charged where a permit is for a combined Part B and waste installation. Where a Part B installation is subject to reporting under the E-PRTR Regulation, add an extra £104 to the above amounts  
Transfer and surrender Standard process transfer £169
Standard process partial transfer £497
New operator at low risk reduced fee activity (extra one-off subsistence charge - see Art 15(2) of charging scheme) £78
Surrender: all Part B activities £0
Reduced fee activities: transfer £0
Reduced fee activities: partial transfer £47
Temporary transfer for mobiles First transfer £53
Repeat following enforcement or warning £53
Substantial change Standard process £1050
Standard process where the substantial change results in a new PPC activity £1650
Reduced fee activities £102

** Not using simplified permits

LAPPC (Part B) mobile plant charges for 2024/25 (Not using simplified permits)

of permits
Application fee  Subsistence
    Low  Medium High
1 £1650 £646 £1034 £1506
2 £1650 £646 £1034 £1506
3 £985 £385 £617 £924
4 £985 £385 £617 £924
5 £985 £385 £617 £924
6 £985 £385 £617 £924
7 £985 £385 £617 £924
8 and over £498 £198 £316 £473

LA-IPPC (Part A2) charges for 2024/25

Please note: every subsistence charge in the table below includes the additional £104 charge to cover local authority extra costs in dealing with reporting under the E-PRTR Regulation.

Type of charge Local authority element 2024/25
Application £3363
Additional fee for operating without a permit £1188
Annual subsistence low £1446
Annual subsistence medium £1610
Annual subsistence high £2333
Late payment fee £52
Substantial variation £202
Transfer £235
Partial transfer £698
Surrender £698

Newspaper advertisements

We may place a newspaper advert as part of the consultation process when considering an application (see Chapter 9 of the General Guidance Manual). This will be undertaken and paid for by us and the charging scheme contains a provision for us to recoup our costs.

Application and guidance notes
Processing and timescales

It is in the public interest that we process your application before it can be granted. Once we have received your application we will confirm within 10 working days as to whether or not the application can be accepted. Once your application has been accepted it can take up to five months to process.

We may inform the public of the application and we must consider any representations.

The application must be from the operator of the regulated facility and we must be satisfied that they must operate the facility in accordance with the environmental permit.

Current applications
Contact us to view the public register.
Contact us in the first instance.
Contact details
  • Contact centre opening hours are Monday to Friday - 9am to 4.15pm
  • Telephone: 01432 261761 (all calls are dealt with by our contact centre staff and will be allocated to an officer who will take action on the service request between one to five working days)
  • Online: Contact us form
  • Email:
  • Address: Environmental Health and Trading Standards, Herefordshire Council, Plough Lane, Hereford, HR4 0LE