Air pollution

Environmental permits

Some industrial processes have the potential to cause pollution and these processes must have a permit to operate.

There are currently 3 types of processes:

  • Part A1 processes, which have the potential to cause pollution and are regulated by the Environment Agency
  • Part A2 processes, which have the potential to cause pollution and are regulated by local authorities
  • Part B processes, which have the potential to cause only air pollution and are inspected and regulated by local authorities.

Examples of Part B processes include vehicle re-spraying, dry cleaning and the unloading (delivery) of petrol.

The Council is responsible for authorising and inspecting all Part B processes within the borough. This regime is also referred to as Local Authority Pollution Prevention and Control (LAPPC).

All holders of an Environmental Permit are required to pay an annual fee known as a subsistence fee. These fees are set each year by DEFRA.

Applying for a Part B permit

Any person operating a Part B process that requires a permit must submit an application to the Council together with the appropriate fee.

We will then issue a permit in accordance with government guidance. The operator of the process must comply with the conditions of a permit and they will be subject to inspection.