1. Overview

Before you apply, check if you need an environmental permit or exemption.

How much it costs

The price of a permit depends on the type of business activity and the environmental risk.

Additional charges apply if your activity is very complex or risky to the environment - check the guidance.

It’s free to register all exemptions, except exemption T11 for Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) repair and refurbishment, which costs £840 for 3 years.

How long it takes

A standard or bespoke permit application usually takes up to 3 months to be processed.

An application for an exemption usually takes 5 days to be processed.

Get help with your application

Contact the Environment Agency if you need help with your application.

Environment Agency
Telephone: 03708 506 506
Minicom: 03702 422 549
Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm
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