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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.

To help businesses cope with disruption because of COVID-19, we have published temporary COVID-19 regulatory position statements.

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.

They do not apply to any other activities, even if they are under the same legislation. You may still need other permits or licences for other activities you carry out.

For example, if a RPS allows you to carry out an activity without an environmental permit for a waste operation, you may still need an environmental permit for a groundwater activity.

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Agency has passed, the RPS remains in force and can be relied upon until it is removed from GOV.UK or marked as withdrawn.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.

Related information:

Disposing of waste

Regulatory position statements on activities that involve disposing of waste.

Medium combustion plants and specified generators

Regulatory position statements for medium combustion plants and specified generators.

Onshore oil and gas

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

Pig and poultry farming

Storing waste

Regulatory position statements on activities that involve storing waste.

Treating waste

Regulatory position statements on activities that involve treating waste.

Using waste

Regulatory position statements on activities that involve using waste.

Using water

Regulatory position statements on using water.

Water discharges

Regulatory position statements on water discharge activities.

Published 28 March 2014
Last updated 13 January 2021 + show all updates
  1. We have added 'Using pine trees to restore dunes or protect river banks: RPS 236' under 'Using waste'.

  2. We have added our passive dewatering regulatory position statement under 'Using water'.

  3. We have added 'Storing waste left by former tenants in empty properties: RPS 171' under 'Storing waste'.

  4. We have added 'Temporary storage of recyclable waste at collection points by or for charities: RPS 239' under 'Storing waste'.

  5. We have added 'Treating microbiological laboratory waste on the site where it is produced: RPS 233' and 'Cleaning and sterilising waste medical instruments containing metal for recovery: RPS 160' under the heading 'Treating waste'.

  6. Added regulatory position statements: Medium combustion plant (MCP) section 5.1 Part B new permits: RPS 244; Specified generator and medium combustion plant: new permits: RPS 243; Slurry stores on permitted pig and poultry farms with less than 1% dry matter.

  7. Added 'Treating and using water that contains concrete and silt at construction sites: RPS 235' under 'Treating waste'.

  8. We have added 'Recycling target for glass in display screen equipment: RPS 242' under the heading 'Treating waste'.

  9. We have added a new version of Storing waste aerosol containers: RPS 63 to this collection.

  10. Added Standard rules permits for anaerobic digestion – point source emissions to air: RPS 192 under Treating waste.

  11. We have added 'Treating food waste where the food was served and consumed: RPS 229' under the heading 'Treating waste'.

  12. We have added 'Storing tyre shred at a port: RPS 238' under the heading 'Storing waste'.

  13. We have added 'Accepting, classifying and disposing of household packaging waste: RPS 234' under the heading 'Disposing of waste'.

  14. We have added a link to the Environment Agency's regulatory response to COVID-19 (coronavirus).

  15. We have added 'Using R134a air conditioning gas from ELVs to recharge air conditioning systems: RPS 226' under the heading 'Using waste'.

  16. Added RPS 231: Waste codes for sewage sludge and sludge containing other materials to the collection.

  17. We have published 2 new RPSs: 'Collecting non-hazardous, non-food waste from different premises at a single site: RPS 224', and 'Collecting food waste from different premises at a single site: RPS 225'.

  18. We have added text to explain that the RPSs listed on this page do not apply to any other activities, even if they are under the same legislation. You may still need other permits or licences for other activities you carry out. We have also added new RPS 'Storing and treating waste plastic produced from processing WEEE: RPS 228' under 'Treating waste'.

  19. We've published a new RPS - Retaining shock absorbers and airbags in otherwise fully depolluted ELVs: RPS 195.

  20. We have published 'Storing and treating asphalt waste: RPS 157'. You do not need an environmental permit for the temporary storage, crushing or screening of asphalt waste when this is done at the same site as a Part B authorised cold mix coating operation.

  21. New RPS added under 'Using waste' - Using waste fire extinguishers for training: RPS 221.

  22. We've published a new regulatory position statement (RPS) under the heading 'Storing waste' - Temporary community waste collection points: RPS 223.

  23. New regulatory position statement on rainwater harvesting added under the heading 'Using water'.

  24. The Environment Agency has published a new RPS: Incinerating wild animal carcasses, RPS 218.

  25. 2 new RPSs added - 'Permits for schedule 25B, tranche B specified generators: RPS 219', and 'Operating a schedule 25B, tranche B specified generator for research and development: RPS 220'.

  26. 'Using whole waste tyres in construction: RPS 161' added under the section 'Using waste'.

  27. New RPS added - Land contamination pilot trials and small scale remediation schemes: RPS 215.

  28. New RPS added under 'Using waste': Spreading treated sewage effluent on land during prolonged dry weather: RPS 214.

  29. New RPS published - Storing and drying waste wood before burning in a Part B co-incinerator: RPS 213.

  30. New RPS published: Excavated waste from utilities installation and repair, RPS 211.

  31. New RPS published: Relaxing certain waste regulatory requirements for volunteers and waste sites involved in voluntary litter collection, RPS 212.

  32. New RPS published: Waste carrier, broker and dealer registration renewals due after 25 March 2018, RPS 208.

  33. Revised RPS published: Temporary dewatering from excavations to surface water.

  34. New regulatory position statement: Bioaerosol monitoring at regulated facilities - use of M9: RPS 209.

  35. Revised RPS published: Using waste tyres in escape ladders in water storage reservoirs, RPS 139.

  36. New RPS added under 'Using waste': Use of clay in slurry lagoons or irrigation reservoirs: RPS 91.

  37. New RPS: Classifying waste wood from mixed waste wood sources, RPS 207.

  38. Revised version of 'Use of manufactured topsoil: RPS 190'.

  39. RPS 168 updated: Storing waste sandbags at collection sites after a flood.

  40. Added RPS 206 Use of unbound municipal Incinerator Bottom Ash Aggregate (IBAA) in construction activities.

  41. 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.

  42. Added Regulatory Position Statement 392: Environmental permitting of existing onshore oil and/or gas facilities.

  43. 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.

  44. 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.

  45. RPS 34: Disposing of infected straw, manure and litter during an outbreak of an exotic animal disease withdrawn.

  46. 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'.

  47. New RPS added: Treatment and disposal of invasive non-native plants, RPS 178.

  48. New RPS added to collection: Temporary storage of ELVs at a motor manufacturer’s dealership, RPS 205.

  49. Link to new regulatory position statement: Decommissioning onshore oil and gas wells drilled before 1 October 2013.

  50. RPS added: Storing catalytic converters at metal recycling sites (RPS 200).

  51. Regulatory position statement Pet cemeteries: bury and spread ash has been added to this collection.

  52. Regulatory position statement: The management of radioactive items found in scrap metal has been added to this collection.

  53. First published.