Radioactive substances are widely used by hospitals, universities and industry to diagnose and treat patients, in manufacturing processes and to test the safety and quality of pipes, boilers and vessels.
If you intend to carry out a radioactive substances activity, before you start you may need to apply to the Environment Agency for a permit. For example, if you:
keep or use radioactive material
receive, accumulate or dispose of radioactive waste
Exempt or out of scope radioactive substances activities
You may not require a permit for certain radioactive substances activities. This guidance will tell you if your radioactive substances activity is out of scope (not subject to regulation) or exempt (you won’t need a permit but you will need to comply with guidance).
You will need to submit the right fee. Our charging scheme explains in full how much your permit will cost. The scheme refers to our non-nuclear RSR Opra scheme. In some cases, for example to work out if your use of open sources is considered to be complex, you will need to follow this guidance to work out your fee.
If you wish to pay by debit or credit card you should use form CC1.