Environment and animals

Industrial emissions and environmental permits

You may require an environmental permit under the Pollution Prevention and Control Act, 1999 if you operate an industrial process in one of the following categories:

  • burning fuel, gasification, liquification and refining activities
  • manufacturing and processing metals
  • manufacturing lime, cement, ceramics or glass
  • manufacturing chemicals, pharmaceuticals, explosives or storing chemicals in bulk
  • incinerating waste, operating landfills, recovering waste
  • using solvents
  • manufacturing paper, pulp and board
  • treating timber products
  • coating
  • treating textiles
  • printing
  • manufacturing new tyres
  • intensive pig and poultry farming

Apply for an environmental permit

Please contact the Public Protection Unit to discuss any potential applications so we can provide the relevant application form.

Applications will be subject to an application fee and annual subsistence fee. These fees and charges are set by the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

Depending on the size of your operation and its environmental impact, either ourselves or the Environment Agency will be responsible for issuing and regulating your permit.

Purpose of environmental permits

Environmental permits are issued to:

  • prevent local pollution problems, such as dust and odour nuisance
  • reduce the release of air pollutants that may contribute to local air quality problems and wider issues, such as climate change
  • provide controls or conditions over the way an industrial process is operated and managed
  • place limits on quantities of pollutants that may be emitted

Site permits

Sites requiring a permit are regularly inspected by our officers. Sites must comply with conditions based on guidance issued by DEFRA.

Failure to comply can result in formal enforcement action being taken, with fines up to £50,000 in the Magistrates Court or an unlimited fine in the Crown Court.

Types of environmental permit

Part A1 Permit sites

These are regulated by the Environment Agency and are required for large activities that impact air, land and water. Examples include:

  • large food processors
  • power stations

Contact the Environment Agency for details of fees and charges relating to Part A1 Permit sites.

Part A2 Permit sites

These are regulated by our Public Protection Unit and are required for smaller activities that impact air, land and water. Examples include:

  • large glass factories
  • sites that use large quantities of solvents

See details of fees relating to Part A2 Permit sites (GOV.UK).

This includes details of:

  • fees and advertising costs in relation to permit applications (part 2)
  • subsistence charge information (part 3)
  • fees and subsistence charge refund information (part 4)

Part B Permit sites

These are regulated by our Public Protection Unit and are required for smaller activities that impact air only. Examples include;

  • vehicle refinishers
  • concrete batching plants
  • petrol stations
  • activities which use solvents
  • certain combustion plants

See details of fees relating to Part B Permit sites (GOV.UK).

This includes details of:

  • fees and advertising costs in relation to permit applications (part 2)
  • subsistence charge information (part 3)
  • fees and subsistence charge refund information (part 4)

Public register of environmental permit holders

Our public register of sites with an environmental permit is available.

The list contains:

  • a copy of the site permit
  • a copy of the permit application
  • results of monitoring undertaken during the previous 4 years

To view details of a specific installation on the public register, please contact the Public Protection Unit. Viewing is free of charge, but there is a charge for photocopying any information from the register.

Environmental permit applications under consideration

All applications for environmental permits are listed in our public register of sites. Any written comments made on applications will also be included unless stated/requested otherwise.

Plowman Brothers Limited, Sutton on the Forest, York

Public Protection has accepted as duly made an application for a permit for the a schedule 14 IED activity using 0.5 tonnes or more of solvent for the original coating or road vehicles or trailers at Plowman Brothers Limited, Broad Oak Farm, York Road, Sutton on the Forest, York, YO61 1ER.

The application is open to public consultation and any comments should be forwarded to the Public Protection Team by 12 midday on Friday 17 July. Unfortunately it is not possible at the time to visit the offices to view the application but an electronic copy can be requested by contacting the Public Protection Team.

Also see

Public Protection Unit

Eco Depot, Hazel Court, York, YO10 3DS

Telephone: 01904 551525