Companies carrying out activities that could potentially cause emissions to air, land or water may need to hold an Environmental Permit under the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010. If certain changes occur to the activity, or the company changes hand, then the permit may need to be varied or transferred. If the activity ceases, then the permit will need to be surrendered.
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Do I need an Environmental Permit?
Small Waste Oil Burners
Recent changes to legislation has seen the inclusion of small waste oil burners (SWOBs) under the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED). The IED replaced the Waste Incineration Directive and places stringent operating, monitoring and reporting requirements upon any technical unit, irrespective of its size or capacity, in which waste is incinerated or co-incinerated.
As a result of these changes, operators of simple devices, such as heaters burning waste oil in garages, will no longer be permitted to burn waste oil in such devices unless the operator obtains the necessary permit in accordance with Schedule 13A of the Environmental Permitting Regulations and meets the requirements of the IED for the operation of waste incineration and waste co-incineration plants. The cost of a Schedule 13A permit is currently £3363.
These changes mean that it is no longer cost effective to operate a SWOB using waste oil, however, non-waste fuels such as kerosene, gas oil or fuel oil can still be used.
How to apply for an Environmental Permit
You can apply for an Environmental Permit online:
To request hard copies of application forms please contact the Environmental Health Team by telephoning 01256 844844, by fax on 01256 845200 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Fees and charges and risk assessment
A one-off application fee needs to accompany your completed application form. An application is not ‘duly made’ until the correct fee has been received. Once a permit is issued, there is also an annual subsistence charge payable to the local authority. See more about fees and charges.
Environmental Permitting Public Register
Environmental Permitting Public Register Part A1 activities within the borough - which are regulated by the Environment Agency
- DEFRA process guidance notes
- Pollution Prevention and Control (England and Wales) Regulations 2000
- Environmental Permitting Regulations 2010
- Environment Agency
- Carbon Trust