Environmental permits

About environmental permits

We issue permits to certain industries which have the potential to give off pollution into the environment.

Two pollution control regulatory regimes were introduced under the Pollution Prevention and Control Act 1999 (PPC Act) and local authorities are the regulators for the regimes which are known as:

  • Local Authority Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (LA-IPPC) which covers installations known as A2 installations
  • Local Authority Pollution Prevention and Control (LAPPC) which covers Part B installations.

There is a parallel system known as Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) which covers installations known as A1 systems. These are regulated by the Environment Agency.

More information on A1 installations is available at  Environmental Permits (GOV.UK)

All three systems require the operators of specified industrial and other installations to obtain a permit to operate. When the application is made it is up to the regulator to decide whether to issue a permit or refuse it. If a permit is issued, it will include conditions aimed at reducing and preventing pollution.

Last updated: ‎26‎/‎01‎/‎2018‎ ‎15‎:‎08‎