Environmental permitting application procedure
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Application evaluation process
Firstly, we check that the application is valid, called 'duly-made' to ensure it includes everything needed to allow a decision to be made, called a determination. The determination period within which the application should be decided does not begin until the application has been duly-made.
If we feel that an application is not duly-made, we will return it, along with any fee. We will tell you why we consider the application was not duly-made.
We will determine a duly-made application within five months and three weeks for an A2 application, four months for a Part B application, and three months for dry cleaners and small waste oil burners, unless we agree longer timescales with you. This is excluding time given with a request for information notice, time taken to determine a request for commercial confidentiality (under an appeal, information must remain withheld until determination of the appeal) or time take to consult on off-site conditions.
We will also determine applications for:
- substantial variations within four months, and for non-substantial variations within three months
- permit transfers within two months, unless a longer time period is agreed
- A2 surrender applications within three months
However, longer timescales may apply if agreed.
Notification to surrender a Part B installation must be submitted to us at least 20 working days before the surrender is to take effect.
Will tacit consent apply?
No. It is in the public interest that we process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from us within a reasonable period, please contact us on 01256 844844 or email email@example.com
Failed application redress
You have the right to appeal to the Secretary of State if you are refused a permit. However, please contact us in the first instance. The General Guidance Manual on policy and procedures for A2 and B installations (DEFRA 2009) sets out the process.
License holder redress
You have the right to appeal to the Secretary of State if you are dissatisfied with the conditions imposed. However, please contact us in the first instance. The General Guidance Manual on policy and procedures for A2 and B installations (DEFRA 2009) sets out the process and is available on the DEFRA website.