A regulated facility includes:
- installations or mobile plants carrying out listed activities
- waste operations
- waste mobile plant
- mining waste operations
Listed activities include:
- energy - burning fuel, gasification, liquification and refining activities
- metals - manufacturing and processing metals
- minerals - manufacturing lime, cement, ceramics or glass
- chemicals - manufacturing chemicals, pharmaceuticals or explosives, storing chemicals in bulk
- waste - incinerating waste, operating landfills, recovering waste
- solvents - using solvents
- other - manufacturing paper, pulp and board, treating timber products, coating, treating textiles and printing, manufacturing new tyres, intensive pig and poultry farming
Listed activities are divided into three categories.
Part A permits control activities with a range of environmental impacts, including:
- emissions to air, land and water
- energy efficiency
- waste reduction
- raw materials consumption
- noise, vibration and heat
- accident prevention
Part B permits control activities which cause emissions to air only.
The permit your business requires depends on the specific processes involved and resulting emissions. Permits are available from the Environment Agency or the London Borough of Hillingdon (the regulator) depending upon the category your business falls within.
- Part A(1) installations or mobile plants are regulated by the Environment Agency.
- Part A(2) and Part B installations or mobile plants are regulated by the London Borough of Hillingdon, except waste operations carried out at Part B installations which are regulated by the Environment Agency.
- Waste operations or waste mobile plant carried on other than at an installation, or by Part A or Part B mobile plants, are regulated by the Environment Agency.
- Mining waste operations are regulated by the Environment Agency.
How to apply
Apply for an A2 Permit
Change an existing Permit
Pay annual subsistence charge
Fees and charges
Fees for all applications: 2016-2017 [207kb]
We aim to acknowledge your application within three working days. If you have applied online we will acknowledge your application via e-mail.
What happens next
Further information about the environmental permit application process [80kb]