Environment Agency charging schemes

Details of the fees and charges for Environment Agency-regulated activities including permits, licences and registrations.

This page groups together Environment Agency (EA) charging scheme and guidance. You’ll usually find details of the relevant costs on the specific GOV.UK page explaining the service, permit or licence.

All charges for environmental permits and licences are outside the scope of VAT.

Setting charges

The Environment Agency (EA) is required by the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to recover the costs of its main regulatory services from those they regulate. For other aspects of EA work relating to fisheries, recreation and navigation, they raise charges on those who benefit, supplemented by government grants.

All charges are agreed by Defra and the Environment Agency board. The approval process includes consultation and approval by government ministers.


For queries regarding the interpretation of charges, please email For billing queries, please contact the address on the back of your invoice.

Regulatory permits, licences and registrations

Covers waste facilities, installations, mining waste operations, waste exemptions, mobile plant, water quality (discharges to water and groundwater), radioactive substances, waste registrations, water abstraction and other miscellaneous charges.

  1. EU ETS: charges

    • 23 April 2014
    • Detailed guide
  2. European Union Emissions Trading System (EU ETS): Charging scheme

    • 21 November 2014
    • Guidance
  3. Environmental permitting charges scheme: guidance from April 2014

    • 18 February 2015
    • Statutory guidance
  4. Form CC1: environmental permit card payments

    • 4 March 2013
    • Form
  5. International waste shipments: fee payment options

    • 9 April 2014
    • Form
  6. Abstraction charges scheme April 2014 to March 2015

    • 27 January 2015
    • Statutory guidance
  7. Carbon reduction commitment (CRC) energy efficiency scheme charges

    • 5 November 2013
    • Statutory guidance
  8. Climate change agreements (CCA) charging scheme April 2013

    • 2 April 2013
    • Statutory guidance


Boating, navigation and mooring.

  1. Anglian waterways: registration charges

    • 24 February 2015
    • Guidance
  2. River Medway: registration charges

    • 27 March 2015
    • Guidance
  3. Rye Harbour: charges

    • 10 April 2014
    • Guidance
  4. Rye Harbour: charges for visiting boats

    • 20 March 2015
    • Guidance
  5. Lydney Harbour: Information for boaters

    • 4 July 2014
    • Detailed guide
  6. Boat registration: refunding or transferring your registration

    • 21 November 2014
    • Guidance
  7. River Thames: mooring charges

    • 15 May 2014
    • Guidance

Flood risk management

  1. River maintenance and drainage charges: farmers and landowners

    • 2 May 2014
    • Detailed guide


Rod fishing licence costs are provided on the buy a UK fishing rod licence page.

  1. Permission to trap crayfish, eels, elvers, salmon and sea trout

    • 18 February 2015
    • Detailed guide
  2. Application for a new rod licence by annual direct debit

    • 14 July 2014
    • Form

Charging consultations

The Environment Agency consult on changes to fees and charges. You can sign up for email alerts for new consultations on the Environment Agency consultations section of GOV.UK.

  1. Consultation on Environment Agency charges from 2015

    • 25 September 2014
    • Closed consultation