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Environmental permits: regulatory position statements

When the Environment Agency will not require you to get a permit to carry out certain activities.

The Environment Agency is not currently enforcing the need for an environmental permit in specific cases for some activities.

These regulatory position statements (RPSs) explain when you do not need to apply for a permit for those activities.

Related information:

If the review date in a RPS issued by the Environment Agency has passed, the RPS remains in force and can be relied upon until it is removed from GOV.UK or marked as withdrawn.

If the RPS says that it expires on a certain date it cannot be relied upon and does not apply after that date.

Low risk waste activities

Disposing of waste

Regulatory position statements on activities that involve disposing of waste.

  1. Burning dunnage
  2. Burning waste on campfires and bonfires: RPS 50
  3. Deposit and dewatering of non-hazardous silts
  4. Disposal of septic tank and cesspool sludge
  5. Disposing of trees and plants infected with disease: RPS 71
  6. Excavated waste from utilities installation and repair: RPS 211
  7. Leaving decommissioned pipes in the ground: RPS 8
  8. LPG flaring at end-of-life vehicle sites: RPS 202
  9. Pet cemeteries: bury and spread ash regulatory position statement
  10. Relaxing certain waste regulatory requirements for volunteers and waste sites involved in voluntary litter collection: RPS 212
  11. Treatment and disposal of invasive non-native plants: RPS 178
  12. Use of auxiliary (back up) flares
  13. Waste carrier, broker and dealer registration renewals due after 25 March 2018: RPS 208

Radioactive waste

Regulatory position statements on activities that involve radioactive waste.

Storing waste

Regulatory position statements on activities that involve storing waste.

  1. Collecting and storing sewage at marinas and lock sites
  2. Collect and store mixed fuel from misfuelled vehicles: RPS 9
  3. Dewatering street sweepings: RPS 65
  4. Fly-tipped waste: temporary secure storage
  5. Stack, store or treat litter, straw, manure and slurry arising from an exotic animal disease outbreak: RPS 36
  6. Storage of waste aerosol containers
  7. Storing and drying waste wood before burning in a Part B co-incinerator: RPS 213
  8. Storing catalytic converters at metal recycling sites: RPS 200
  9. Storing waste incapacitant sprays: RPS 138
  10. Storing waste sandbags at collection sites after a flood: RPS 168
  11. Temporary storage of contaminated waste waters removed from gas pipelines: RPS 100
  12. Temporary storage of ELVs at a motor manufacturer’s dealership: RPS 205
  13. Waste collection authorities contingency planning: RPS 79

Treating waste

Regulatory position statements on activities that involve treating waste.

  1. Bioaerosol monitoring at regulated facilities - use of M9: RPS 209
  2. Building biobeds in a groundwater source protection zone 1
  3. Classifying waste wood from mixed waste wood sources: RPS 207
  4. Denaturing of controlled drugs
  5. Environmental permits: ‘orphan’ waste treatment plants
  6. Land contamination pilot trials and small scale remediation schemes: RPS 215
  7. Permitting of air separation units
  8. Small-scale heat treatment of waste plastics for reuse: RPS 112
  9. Stack, store or treat litter, straw, manure and slurry arising from an exotic animal disease outbreak: RPS 36
  10. The application of treated landfill leachate to short rotation coppice
  11. The treatment of liquid crystal display units containing mercury to comply with BATRRT
  12. Treating solid waste from composting toilets
  13. Use of up flow anaerobic sludge blanket anaerobic digestion systems

Using waste

Regulatory position statements on activities that involve using waste.

  1. Combustion plant: burning biogas derived from sewage sludge
  2. Effect of exemptions review on Environment Agency low risk positions
  3. End of life fire extinguishers: re-use and dismantling
  4. Using treated asphalt waste: RPS 75
  5. Regulation of materials under consideration for a Quality Protocol
  6. Regulation of the use of unbound pulverised fuel ash and furnace bottom ash
  7. Spreading treated sewage effluent on land during prolonged dry weather: RPS 214
  8. Use of clay in slurry lagoons or irrigation reservoirs: RPS 91
  9. Use of PAS 108 tyre bales in civil engineering and landfill infrastructure works
  10. Use of unbound municipal Incinerator Bottom Ash Aggregate (IBAA) in construction activities: RPS 206
  11. Use of manufactured topsoil: RPS 190
  12. Using waste tyres in escape ladders in water storage reservoirs: RPS 139
  13. Waste management: regulation of trials of new waste management techniques

Onshore oil and gas

Regulatory position statements on activities that involve onshore oil and gas.

Water discharges

Regulatory position statements on water discharge activities.

Published 28 March 2014
Last updated 31 August 2018 + show all updates
  1. New RPS added - Land contamination pilot trials and small scale remediation schemes: RPS 215.
  2. New RPS added under 'Using waste': Spreading treated sewage effluent on land during prolonged dry weather: RPS 214.
  3. New RPS published - Storing and drying waste wood before burning in a Part B co-incinerator: RPS 213.
  4. New RPS published: Excavated waste from utilities installation and repair, RPS 211.
  5. New RPS published: Relaxing certain waste regulatory requirements for volunteers and waste sites involved in voluntary litter collection, RPS 212.
  6. New RPS published: Waste carrier, broker and dealer registration renewals due after 25 March 2018, RPS 208.
  7. Revised RPS published: Temporary dewatering from excavations to surface water.
  8. New regulatory position statement: Bioaerosol monitoring at regulated facilities - use of M9: RPS 209.
  9. Revised RPS published: Using waste tyres in escape ladders in water storage reservoirs, RPS 139.
  10. New RPS added under 'Using waste': Use of clay in slurry lagoons or irrigation reservoirs: RPS 91.
  11. New RPS: Classifying waste wood from mixed waste wood sources, RPS 207.
  12. Revised version of 'Use of manufactured topsoil: RPS 190'.
  13. RPS 168 updated: Storing waste sandbags at collection sites after a flood.
  14. Added RPS 206 Use of unbound municipal Incinerator Bottom Ash Aggregate (IBAA) in construction activities.
  15. 1. Added RPS 17 Regulation of materials under consideration for a Quality Protocol to 'using waste' group. 2. Replaced RPS 79 Waste collection authorities: contingency planning with new version.
  16. Added Regulatory Position Statement 392: Environmental permitting of existing onshore oil and/or gas facilities.
  17. Text updated for clarification: If the review date in a RPS issued by the Environment Agency has passed, the RPS remains in force and can be relied upon until it is removed from GOV.UK or marked as withdrawn. If the RPS says that it expires on a certain date it cannot be relied upon and does not apply after that date.
  18. New RPSs added: 'LPG flaring at end-of-life vehicle sites: RPS 202' and 'Use mobile plant for landspreading in England or Wales: RPS 203'. Included links to low risk waste activities.
  19. RPS 34: Disposing of infected straw, manure and litter during an outbreak of an exotic animal disease withdrawn.
  20. New RPSs added: 'Disposing of infected straw, manure and litter by incineration or co-incineration during an outbreak of an exotic animal disease: RPS 34' and 'Stack, store or treat litter, straw, manure and slurry arising from an exotic animal disease outbreak: RPS 36'.
  21. New RPS added: Treatment and disposal of invasive non-native plants, RPS 178.
  22. New RPS added to collection: Temporary storage of ELVs at a motor manufacturer’s dealership, RPS 205.
  23. Link to new regulatory position statement: Decommissioning onshore oil and gas wells drilled before 1 October 2013.
  24. RPS added: Storing catalytic converters at metal recycling sites (RPS 200).
  25. Regulatory position statement Pet cemeteries: bury and spread ash has been added to this collection.
  26. Regulatory position statement: The management of radioactive items found in scrap metal has been added to this collection.
  27. First published.