Some industrial techniques have potential to cause pollution.
Since 1990 many of these processes have required an 'authorisation'
from the Environment Agency to operate and they are also inspected
annually. Some processes have the potential to cause only air
pollution and for these operations the local authority is
responsible for their inspection and regulation.
Permitted or 'Prescribed' processes are those industrial
technologies that have a potential to cause pollution. The
Pollution, Prevention and Control Act 1999 requires that activities
identified in the Act, or by regulations made under the Act, must
have a Permit to operate.
There are currently three types of process classification.
Part A processes are regulated by the Environment Agency while Part
A2 and Part B processes are controlled by local authorities.
Council is responsible for authorising and inspecting all
Part A2 and Part B processes within the district. Part B
processes are those that have the potential to cause air pollution
and include activities such as vehicle re-spraying, concrete
batching plants and unloading of petrol.
Any person operating a process that requires a Permit must
submit an application, with a fee, to the local authority.
The authority must then consider the application and issue a permit
in accordance with government guidance. The operator of the
prescribed process must comply with the conditions of the permit
and they will be subject to inspection to ensure this is the
Government Guidance on the policy and procedures is available
as at the DEFRA website (see below). If you need to apply to
the authority, it is recommended that in the first instance you
discuss this with one of our officers. Please see our main
contact details below.
The Council presently regulates 34 prescribed processes
ranging from large factories to petrol stations. We ensure that any
emissions to atmosphere (and in some larger sites, land and water)
are made harmless and set rigorous emission limits to achieve
For information on the fee structure for applications (see
A list of relevant forms for use by operators and applicants
can be viewed below.
Information can be obtained by selecting the links and online
forms indicated on this page. For more information, please contact
a member of staff using the details below.
We have adopted a set of standards for the provision of this
service. You can find out more about these service standards by
following the link below.
The fee structure for applicants can be viewed by following the