If your business carries out processes that could harm the environment or human health unless they are controlled, you will need an environmental permit.
There are four categories of environmental permits.
- You need a Part A1 permit for large industrial activities
- A1 installations are regulated by the Environment Agency.
- You can look at GOV.UK for information on how to apply for this permit
- You need a Part A2 permit if your business has a range of environmental impacts.
- You can look at GOV.UK for a list of activities that need a permit.
- We regulate Part A2 installations and issue permits.
- You need a Part B permit if your business causes emissions to air.
- We regulate Part B installations and issue permits.
- You need a Schedule 13A permit for Small Waste Incineration Plants (SWIPs)
- If your SWIP has a processing capacity of less than 10 tonnes per day of hazardous waste and less than 3 tonnes per hour of non-hazardous waste, we will regulate the installation and issue permits.
- Other waste operations are regulated by the Environment Agency.
- You can look at GOV.UK for more information on which permit is required and who the regulator is.
Apply for a permit
To apply for a Part A2, Part B or Schedule 13A permit, you need to:
- Contact us for an application form
- Complete the application form and send it to our Environmental Health team
- Pay the correct fee (contact us for information on fees)
We will consider your application and use government guidance to decide whether to issue or refuse the permit.
If a permit is issued, it will include conditions for minimising pollution, which you need to adhere to.
You do not need to renew your permit each year, but you need to pay an annual charge.
We will inspect installations with a permit to make sure the best available technology and practices are being used to minimise pollution.
We will rate installations as high, medium or low depending on the environmental impact that would occur if something went wrong and the way in which the activity is managed.
Installations that are operated well will benefit from a lower annual charge and less frequent inspections.
The Public Register
We keep a register of all businesses in the Harlow area that have an environmental permit.
Part A2 process
Part B processes
- Aggregate Sector
- Metals Sector
- Mobile crushing
- Dry Cleaning
- Petrol Stations
- Powder Coating Activities
- Vehicle refinishers
You can make an appointment to view the public register at the Civic Centre by calling 01279 446111.