Environmental permits

Some business activities can harm the environment by releasing emissions into the air, land or water, or by creating a lot of noise. A number of these activities require a permit under the Pollution Prevention and Control Act 1999. Large enterprises, such as power stations or animal feed mills, are normally regulated by the Environment Agency. Smaller industrial uses are normally regulated by us.

Types of businesses needing a permit from us may include:

  • car re-sprayers
  • cement batching plants
  • dry cleaners
  • petrol stations
  • users of large quantities of solvents

Please read the guidance on Gov.uk website to find out if you need an environmental permit and whether you need to apply to us or the Environment Agency. The operator is required to pay an application fee and an annual subsistence fee to the regulator for their permit. Not every case is the same, so we'll need to speak with you in the first instance to discuss the process. Please apply to us using the details below.

Conditions of your permit

Once a permit has been granted, it will contain certain conditions. These will relate to the management of the site, emission limits and any other process controls which the operator must comply with.

Conditions within the permit are based on information provided in the Defra's pollution control guidance notes for the business or industry concerned. Failure to comply with permit conditions, or operating a process without the relevant permit, is an offence and may result in heavy fines or a prison sentence. Sites will regularly be inspected by an officer to ensure they are complying with the conditions of the permit.

Current permits

We hold a public register of sites operating with current permits in Broadland. Please contact us using the details below to arrange to view relevant details at our main offices.