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You must have an environmental permit if you operate a regulated facility in England or Wales.
A regulated facility includes:
Listed activities include:
Listed activities are divided into three categories: Part A(1), Part A(2) and Part B.
Part A permits control activities with a range of environmental impacts, including:
Part B permits control activities which cause emissions to air.
The permit your business requires depends on the specific processes involved and resulting emissions.
Permits are available from Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council or the Environment Agency (the regulator) depending upon the category your business falls within:
Applications must be made on the form provided by the regulator, or online and must include specified information which will vary depending on the operation.
If further information is required the applicant will be notified by the regulator and they must provide this information or the application will be deemed to be withdrawn.
The application must be from the operator of the regulated facility.
For waste operations no licence will be granted unless any required planning permission had first been granted.
A fee will be be payable, which will vary depending on the details of your application.
We will consider your application by considering the the following:
We may inform the public of an application and must consider any representations made by others.
The application must be from the operator of the regulated facility and we must be satisfied that the facility is operated in accordance with the environmental permit.
Tacit consent does not apply. It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted.
Please be aware that the following timescales should be expected for applications for Environmental Permits:
Environmental Permit Part A2 - four months
Please contact the Environmental Health team in the first instance. You may then wish to contact the appropriate authority. In England the appropriate authority is the Secretary of State. Appeals must be lodged no later than six months from the date of the decision.
If an application to vary, transfer or surrender an environmental permit has been refused, or if the applicant objects to conditions imposed on the environmental permit you should contact the Environmental Health team and then you may wish to appeal to the Planning Inspectorate, Environment Pollution Appeals , Room 4/19 Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Temple Quay, Bristol BS1 6PN -telephone (0117) 372 8726.
Appeals must be lodged in relation to a regulator initiated variation, a suspension notice or an enforcement notice, not later than two months from the date of the variation or notice and in any other case not later than six months from the date of the decision.
We would always advise that in the event of a complaint that you should contact us by post (with proof of delivery). You may then wish to contact the Local Authority Ombudsman. Complaints from outside the UK should be sent to the UK European Consumer Centre.
Compensation maybe payable in relation to conditions affecting certain interests in land.
The following trade associations may be a useful source of information: