Other permissions you may require

Environmental permits

Under the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2016, permits are needed to carry out a wide range of specified activities lawfully. These activities include anything from emissions from nuclear power stations and sewage treatment plant, to scrap metal yards, and other activities that might pollute the air, water or land.

For some activities (principally relating to waste), a permit cannot be granted if relevant planning permission is not already in place. For others, it is up to the applicant whether to apply for a permit before or after applying for planning permission. Depending on the activity, applicants must apply either to the Environment Agency or the relevant local authority. The regulator will normally take up to 13 weeks to determine the application, and will charge for both determining the application and for ongoing regulation of the permit. Charges vary according to the nature of the activity.

View details of the Government's policies on environmental quality

Check if you need an environmental permit on Gov.uk

View guidance on waste exemptions