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Environmental Permitting

Southwest Environmental Limited can undertake an Environmental Permit Application on your behalf, we also undertake Part B Permit Applications. Please contact us for a quote.

The Environmental Permitting Regulations 2010  (EPR 2010) are a set of regulations designed to help mitigate industry's impact on the environment. If you need help with your Environmental Permitting application then Southwest Environmental Limited can help.

Many activities are now classed as permitted activities,  other activities may be able to obtain an exemption from the permitting system. The Environmental Permitting Regulations are administered and enforced by the Environment Agency.

By using a consultant to make your application you will be utilising an agent who can work with you to implement a cost effective application.
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Environmental Permitting (EP) 2010 can help lower risk to your brand, and the environment, whilst delivering cost savings from reduced consumption of energy and materials. It will also improve the image of your operation, making you more attractive to perspective clients.

Please feel free to telephone the office for a free informal discussion regarding any of the services we provide. Detailed written quotations can be provided upon request.

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Composting Environmental Permit EPR

Waste Oils Environmental Permit EPR

Mobile Land Spreading Environmental Permit

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Further Information on Environmental Permit Applications

What is OPRA?   What Documents Support an Environmental Permit Application?   Pros and Cons of Environmental Permitting   Standard or Bespoke Environmental Permit?
Environmental Permitting FAQs   A review of the Environmental Permitting Regulations - Read More   List of Standard Environmental Permits   List of Environmental Permitting Exemptions
Noise Management Plan   Odour Management Plan   Site Management Plan   Site Condition Report
Technical Competence   What policy implements the Environmental Permitting Regulations?   What are the main requirements of the Environmental Permitting Regulations?   What are the Benefits of Introducing Environmental Permitting?
Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC)   Switching from IPPC to EP   Can I change from IPPC to an Environmental Permit?   Making Changes to an IPPC Permit
What is a Permitting Exemption?   How do I surrender an Environmental Permit?    BSI PAS 100 Standard   Compost Quality Protocol (CQP)
What is a H1 Risk Assessment?   Step by Step Guide for an Environmental Permit Application   My Paragraph Exemption is due to expire, do I need a permit?   Waste Transfer Environmental Permit
My Environmental Permit is Not Duly Made, what does that mean?   My Environmental Permit is in the Determination Stage, what is that?   Agricultural Benefit Statement for Spreading Permit   List of Environmental Permit Recovery Codes
List of Environmental Permit Disposal Codes   Permits with Waste Recovery   Where will SWEL undertake environmental permitting work?   Permit Application Fee Charges
Carbon Capture and Storage Environmental Permit   Water Abstraction Permits   Flood Risk Activities Permits   Part B Permits
Environment Agency Pre-Application Advice   Dust Management Plan        

Example Environmental Permits

Household, Commercial and Industrial Waste Transfer Station Permit   Anaerobic Digestion Permit   Inert and excavation waste transfer station   Asbestos waste transfer station permit
How many Weeks or Months does an Environmental Permit Application Take?            

What Documents Support an Environmental Permit Application?

Below are a selection of documents which may support an Environmental Permit Application click on a link to find to more.
noise mangement plan Information on:
Noise Management Plan
odour management plan Information on:
Odour Management Plan
site management plan Information on:
Site Management Plan
Site Condition Report Information on:
Site Condition Report
Technical Competance Requirements for environmenta permitting regulations Information on:
Technical Competence
supporting docs Information on:
Waste Recovery Plan
fire_prevention_plan_environmental_permit Fire Prevention Plan    

Pros and Cons of Environmental Permitting


Operating a site under the Environmental Permitting Regulations 2010 means that you may learn to lower operational risk. The conditions of the permit will lead to your operation being run in a safer manner, which in the long run will keep your insurance costs down. Some of the largest liabilities associated with waste operations are environmental in their nature.


If you have a contract with a company to deal with their waste, you will want to create a good impression. Operating under Environmental Permitting Regulations 2010 means that your site will be less likely to have image tarnishing environmental slip ups.

OPRA scoring is again an important rank of your operations quality. If you are bidding for a contract a lower OPRA score may give you the advantage.


Just a being registered for VAT keeps yours books up together in the financial sense so do the Environmental Permitting Regulation 2010 in an . Records of deliveries, climate data, and waste processing will give you a mass of useful information that can work in your favour when settling disputes or avoiding liabilities. Measures to Reduce Waste


Standard or Bespoke Environmental Permit?

Standard Permit

It is in your interest to avoid bespoke permits, they are most costly to implement and require more "upkeep" during operation.

Standard permits are available for various activities these include for a comprehensive list click here. If your operation is on the list then there is a possibility that you will be able to apply for a standard permit.

Don't forget to check whether your operation is covered by an exemption.

Standard or Bespoke Permit Examples

Example 1: Capacity

If we look at a Standard Permit in this case  SR2008No9 - asbestos waste transfer station we can see that the rules stipulate;

"The total quantity of waste that can be accepted at a site under these rules must be less than 3,650 tonnes a year."

If your operation handles more than 3,650 tonnes a year then you will not meet the rules for the standard permit, you will have to apply for a bespoke permit.

Example 2: Location

If we look at a Standard Permit in this case SR2008No24_75kte – clinical waste & healthcare waste transfer station we can see that the rules stipulate:

"permitted activities are not carried out within 200 metres of a European Site1, Ramsar site or a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)."

If your operation is sited within 200 meters of the above mentioned sites then you will not meet the rules for the standard permit, you will have to apply for a bespoke permit.

Bespoke Permits

If you are not on the List of Standard Permits then you will have to apply for a Bespoke Environmental Permit, things get a lot more complicated here, you can ring or email for a free initial consultation.

How do I Surrender an Environmental Permit?

At the winding up of your permitted activity, you may well have to surrender your environmental permit, unless you intend to transfer your environmental permit. There are various processes that need to occur in order to surrender your environmental permit, these might include:

1 - You can apply to your regulator to change (vary), transfer, or cancel (surrender) your environmental permit in England and Wales. The process is less stringent for mobile plant.

2 - Your application may need public consultation if it is a substantial change or your regulator thinks that consultation is necessary.

3 - You will have to satisfy the Environment Agency that you have looked after the site during you stay, completing your Site Condition Report may be a part of this.

If you would like SWEL to manage the surrender of your environmental permit, then please contact us for a free initial consultation on the matter.

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Step by Step Guide for an Environmental Permit Application

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Find Out which Permit You Need

First things first, look through a list of environmental permits and see which one best fits your activity, are some permits descriptions are quiet obvious, for if you are windrow composting the you will probably need an open windrow composting permit. Some operation may require a bespoke permit.

However if you have a yards where you sort segregated rubbish, before it is sent of site for further treatment what kind of permit is that? Waste Transfer Environmental Permit but depending on your waste types and the how the site is operated would it count as an SR2008No1 or an SR2008No2?

You may only need an exemption.

Assess you Operation

It could be that your operation has grown to the point where compliance with an environmental permit is required, or it may be that you are setting up a new business. Either way upon application for a permit it is a good opportunity to look over the environmental risk of your operation. What can be changed to increase you chances of be granted and environmental permit.

Look around you site and imagine your self in the shoes of the environment agency, what do you think they might pick up on, that leaky oil tank, the amount of litter blowing around, your lack of a perimeter fence?

By checking off the requirements of the permit with what you actually have before the Environment Agency becomes involved shows that you are proactive and may well ensure that your permit application is successful.
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Prepare and Submit your Application

After you have made sure that your site meets the requirements of the environmental permit it is time to start preparing your application. Fill in the Forms, and submit your supporting documents with the application.

The application process may take considerable time from start to finish, with various consultation etc, so expect the process from start to finish to take around 3 or more months.

My Environmental Permit is Not Duly Made, what does that mean?

When you submit your permit to the Environment Agency they will carry out an initial check to see whether or not you have included all of the necessary information needed. The information required to get you application duly made changes with each type of permit. For example:

Composting Permit: Will require as a minimum the following documents.

- Site Condition Report
- Odour Management Plan
- Environmental Management System

A Recovery Activity Permit Such as as the ones listed below:
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SR2008No27 Mobile plant for the treatment of waste soils and contaminated material, substances or products
SR2009No1 Pet cemetery
SR2010No4 Mobile plant for land spreading
SR2010No5 Mobile plant for the reclamation, restoration or improvement of land
SR2010No6 Mobile plant for land spreading of sewage sludge
SR2010No7 Use of waste in construction (up to 50,000 tonnes of waste)
SR2010No8 Use of waste in construction (up to 100,000 tonnes of waste)
SR2010No9 Use of waste for the reclamation, restoration or improvement of land (up to 50,000 tonnes)  
SR2010No10 Use of waste for the reclamation, restoration or improvement of land (up to 100,000 tonnes)

My Environmental Permit is in the Determination Stage, what is that?

Once your Environmental Permit Application has been "Duly Made" it will enter the determination stage. This involves the checking of the submitted information with a fine toothed comb, looking at figures and verifying the integrity of the submitted documents.

Content of documents may be called in to question, inadequacies in the quality of data may be highlighted. 99% of the time all will be well and the permit will be issued within a few weeks . . . (Update 2018): this used to be the case. . . Permits Typically Take a Long Time to be Issued.

The Determination Stage of a permit application the process of validating the submitted information, and assessing its "fit" within the chosen area of the proposed permitted site.

Where will SWEL undertake environmental permitting work?

SWEL have offices in London, Bristol and Exeter and will undertake environmental permitting work throughout the UK.

Carbon Capture and Storage Environmental Permit

Despite the growth in renewable as a percentage of our energy mix, in the UK there is a very large gap emerging as our demand for energy grows and no new power stations are being built. There is a much publicised need to lower the carbon intensity of our electricity supply, yet with we still rely on fossil fuels greatly.

One way to decrease the carbon intensity of the UK's grid electricity is to install carbon capture devices on existing fossil fuel power stations such as coal, oil and gas. In order to install one of these retro fit mitigation system the operator will require an Environmental Permit.

SWEL have been helping companies obtain environmental permits right from the start of the EPR regime, and are well placed to provide a efficient and cost effective environmental permit application service. More Information on Carbon Capture and Storage Environmental Permits.

How many Weeks does an Environmental Permit Application Take?

The below table shows the time for permit application. However, it should be borne in mind that when the application is submitted it may not be "picked up" for around a month, so for real world timings add a month to the below. Our record time is 6 weeks, our longest application was over year!

Permit application type

Determination time

Transfer or partial transfer 

Two months

Standard permit (other than installations)

Three months

Mobile plant permit

Three months

Variations (without public consultation)

Three months

Surrender or partial surrender

Three months

Applications with public consultation:

·         standard permit for installations;

·         bespoke permit; and

·         variations

Four months

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