Use the following guidance to help you complete your application and comply with the conditions of your environmental permit.
‘How to Comply with your Environmental Permit’ contains general guidance on complying with permit conditions. You can download a copy of 'How to Comply' on our generic guidance page:
IPPC Waste Treatment and Storage technical guidance and relevant information
Read the guidance documents and other information that is relevant when applying for an environmental permit for an IPPC Waste Treatment or Storage facility.
The horizontal guidance provides information relevant to all sectors regulated under the Environmental Permitting Regulations (EPR). For example, noise, odour, energy efficiency, or protection of land:
Regulatory guidance notes are Environment Agency guidance on policy and legal interpretation issues associated with implementing the EPR:
Application forms and guidance
If you wish to apply for a new bespoke or standard permit, or vary, transfer or surrender your permit, you will need to fill out an application form. Guidance on how to complete the form is also provided here:
Environmental permitting charges
Our Environmental Permitting charges pages explain how much a permit will cost:
Operational risk appraisal (Opra)
To find out how we assess the environmental risk of an EPR site operation, visit our Opra page. We use the output from Opra to work out charges and for planning our permitting and compliance activity:
Environmental Permitting Regulations
Information to help you understand the wider regulatory framework:
Defra has produced a series of guidance documents. These include 'Core Environmental Permitting Guidance', which describes the general permitting and compliance requirements, and guidance on the European directives which are implemented through the Environmental Permitting Regulations:
The European Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) Bureau was set up to organise an exchange of information between Member States and industry on Best Available Techniques (BAT), associated monitoring and developments in them.
The European IPPC Bureau is an output oriented team which produces reference documents on Best Available Techniques, called BREFs. BREFs are the main reference documents used by competent authorities in Member States when issuing operating permits for the installations that represent a significant pollution potential in Europe. There are about 50000 of these installations in Europe.
BREFs are fundamental reference documents for the Environment Agency and we are working closely with Europe in their on-going development. The full list of our leads and which BREFs they are working on with contact details is available below.
Further reference to sector specific BREFs can be found under our sector specific webpages.