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The Pollution Prevention and Control Act 1999

The Environmental Permitting Regulations 2007

 

Permitting Scheduled Activities

This information is a brief summary of the requirements of the Pollution Prevention and Control Act 1999 and the Environmental Permitting Regulations 2007 (EP Regulations).


Contact Information for Advice

For further advice on the EP regime contact us using the methods outlined at the bottom of this page.
 

Background to the EP Regime

Pollution from industrial installations in England and Wales has been controlled to some extent for over 150 years. Prior to the entry into force of the EP Regulations, many industrial sectors were regulated under the Pollution Prevention and Control Regulations (PPC) 2000 and previously Part 1 of the Environmental Protection Act (EPA) 1990, which introduced the systems of Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC), which controlled releases to air, water and land, and Local Air Pollution Prevention and Control (LAPPC), which controlled releases to air only.

Now, the new EP Regime has streamlined and combined separate waste and pollution control (PPC) systems so there can now be a single environmental permit and common procedure. The EP Regulations replace over 40 pieces of legislation. For operators who currently have a PPC permit, these automatically became environmental permits on 6 April 2008, no fresh applications were needed.
 

Introduction to the EP Regime

The EP Regulations maintained the current three separate, but linked, systems of pollution control, namely:

  • Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC), which covers installations known as A(1) installations, which are regulated by the Environment Agency;
  • Local authority Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (LA-IPPC) which covers installations known as A(2) installations, which are regulated by local authorities;
  • And, Local Authority Pollution Prevention and Control (LAPPC), which covers installations known as Part B installations, also regulated by local authorities.


All three systems require the operators of certain industrial and other installations to obtain an environmental permit to operate. Once an operator has submitted a permit application, the regulator then decides whether to issue a permit. If one is issued, it will include conditions aimed at reducing and preventing pollution to acceptable levels. Regulators must set permit conditions which are based on the use of the ‘Best Available Technique’ (BAT), which balances the cost to the operator against benefits to the environment.

Further information and guidance on the EP regime is available via the following link to the Defra website Link to External Website

The EP Regulations are structured rather differently to the previous PPC Regulations. Many of the requirements which apply to LA-IPPC and LAPPC installations derive from EU Directives which have now been incorporated by reference to the relevant Directive rather than copied out in the Regulations. Some of the Directives referenced include Waste Incineration, Solvent Emissions and Petrol Vapour Recovery. Additional guidance on some of these Directives can be found at Guidance on the SED Regulations.

The SED Regulations introduced controls on activities previously unregulated by the EP regime, in particular Dry Cleaning. Additional guidance for dry cleaners can be found at Dry Cleaning SED Guidance.
 

Do I Need to Apply for a Permit?

If you are an operator of an installation where one or more industrial activities listed in Schedule 1, Part 2 of the EP Regulations are carried out you will require one or more permits to operate / continue to operate. A summary table of the activities covered by Schedule 1, Part 2 to the EP Regulations can be viewed by following the link below:

 

I Need a Permit - What Next?

You will need to apply for a permit from Tameside MBC. A copy of the relevant application forms are available to download online by following the links below:

Before you make an application to Tameside MBC you should obtain a copy of the relevant guidance notes for the activity / activities. The guidance notes are available from the Defra website:

 

How do I apply for a Permit?

You should fill in as much of the appropriate form as possible. The appropriate fee must be enclosed with the application to enable it to be processed further. When complete return to: Environmental Protection Section, Tame Street Depot, Tame Street, Stalybridge, Tameside, SK15 1ST

There are a number of other documents you may need to send us with your application. Each time a request for a document is made in the application form you will need to record a document reference number for the document or documents that you are submitting in the space provided on the form for this purpose. Please also mark the document(s) clearly with this reference number and the application reference number, if you have been given one, it will be at the top of the form overleaf. If you do not have either of these, please use the name of the installation.

A detailed breakdown of the requirements for the content of applications can be found by following the link below:

 

Fees and Charges

Local Authority Pollution Prevention and Control (LAPPC) charges for 2013/14

These charges relate to the period between 1 April to 31 March of each year and are set by the Secretary of State.

Reduced fee activities are:- Service Stations, Vehicle Refinishers, Dry Cleaners and Small Waste Oil Burners under 0.4MW

Type of Charge Type of Process Fees for 2013/14
(£)
Application Fee Standard Process (includes solvent emission activities) 1,579
Additional Fee for Operating without a Permit 1,137
PVR1, SWOBs and Dry Cleaners 148
PVR I & II combined 246
Vehicles refinishers (VRs) and other Reduced Fee Activities 346
Reduced Fee Activities: Additional Fee for Operating without a Permit 68
Mobile Plant ** 1,579
 - For the third to seventh applications 943
 - For the eighth and subsequent applications 477
Where an application for any of the above is for a combined Part B and waste application, add an extra £297 to the above amounts
Annual Subsistence Charge Standard Process (low) 739 (+ 99)*
Standard Process (medium) 1,111 (+ 149)*
Standard Process (high) 1,672 (+ 198)*
Reduced Fee Activities Low/Med/High 76 151 227
PVR I & II combined 108 216 326
Vehicle refinishers Low/Med/High 218 349 524
Mobile Plant **, for first and second permits Low / Med / High 618 989 1484
- For the third to seventh permits Low/Med/High 368 590 884
- For the eighth and subsequent permits Low/Med/High 189 302 453
- Late payment fee 50
* 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 £99 to the above amounts
Transfer and Surrender Standard Process Transfer 162
Standard Process Partial Transfer 476
New operator at low risk reduced fee activity 75
Surrender: All Part B Activities 0
Reduced Fee Activities: Transfer 0
Reduced Fee Activities: Partial Transfer 45
Temporary transfer for mobiles First transfer 51
Repeat following enforcement or warning 51
Substantial change Standard process 1005
Standard process where the substantial change results in a new PPC activity 1,579
Reduced fee activities 98

* applies when an invoice remains unpaid 8 weeks from the date the invoice was issued

** Not using simplified permits


Local Authority Pollution Prevention and Control (LAPPC) Mobile Plant Charges for 2013/14

 

Number of Authorisations Application Fee 2013/14
(£)
Subsistence Fee 2013/14
(£)
Low Med High
1 1,579 618 989 1484
2 1,579 618 989 1484
3 943 368 590 884
4 943 368 590 884
5 943 368 590 884
6 943 368 590 884
7 943 368 590 884
8 and over 477 189 302 453

 

Local Authority Integrated Pollution Prevention And Control (LA-IPPC) Charges for 2013/14

 

Type of Charge Local Authority element 2013/14
(£)
Application 3218
Additional Fee for Operating without a Permit 1137
Annual Subsistence (low) 1384
Annual Subsistence (medium) 1541
Annual Subsistence (high) 2233
Late payment fee** (New) 50
Substantial Variation 1309
Transfer 225
Partial Transfer 668
Surrender 668

** applies when an invoice remains unpaid 8 weeks from the date the invoice was issued


Key

Subsistence charges can be paid in four equal quarterly instalments paid on 1 April, 1 July, 1 October and 1 January. Where paid quarterly the total amount payable to the local authority will be increased by £36.

Reduced fee activities are; Service Stations, Vehicle Refinishers, Dry Cleaners and Small Waste Oil Burners under 0.4MW

There is no extra fee payable to the Environment Agency where quarterly payments are made.


Newspaper advertisements

Newspaper adverts may be required under EPR at the discretion of the LA 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 the LA and the charging scheme contains a provision for the LA to recoup its costs

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