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02 June 2009

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Environmental permitting

The Environmental Permitting Regulations (EPR) came into force on 6 April 2008.

As a first step, they combine Pollution Prevention and Control (PPC) and Waste Management Licensing (WML). If you already have a PPC permit or a Waste Management Licence, it automatically became an Environmental Permit from 6 April 2008.

The Regulations provide a single, common, risk-based framework for permitting and compliance. They introduce the possibility of a single permit and regulator for some sites, and standard permits, which are easier to get.

They enable us to maintain environmental protection standards whilst reducing bureaucracy. We have simplified our application process and streamlined our guidance. We will be able to focus our efforts where they will give the maximum benefit for the environment.

The Environmental Permitting Programme is preparing to add more regimes to the Regulations. For more details look on Defra's Environmental Permitting Programme web pages:

Note: You may still occasionally see references to Pollution Prevention Control (PPC) and Waste Management Licensing (WML) on our website.  These terms will be updated but until this happens please assume that we mean environmental permitting.

Do you require an environmental permit?

Find out if your facility requires an environmental permit.

A standard permit or a bespoke one?

We have two types of permit available, find out which one suits your facility.

Environmental permitting guidance

Guidance to help you complete your application and also to help you comply with the conditions of your environmental permit.

Change, transfer or surrender your permit

Find out how to make changes to (vary), transfer or surrender your permit.

Waste exemptions

Check if your waste operation is exempt and find out how to register exemptions with us.

How we work together

Find out how we consult with the public and relevant organisations on applications for permits.