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Standard rules: environmental permitting

For each activity there is a set of rules, guidance on how to comply with the rules and a risk assessment.

Applying for a standard rules permit saves you time and money. Before you apply you need to be aware of some important characteristics:

  • you cannot vary the rules and you have no right of appeal against them
  • if you want to change your operations so a standard permit no longer works for your operation you’ll have to apply to make it a bespoke permit instead
  • if there is a change in your local environment after your permit has been issued (for example due to a change in the definition of a groundwater source protection zone), you may need to upgrade the operation to a standard sufficient for the changed environment, or change to a bespoke permit

Check if you need a conservation risk assessment before you submit your permit application.

Related information:

Biological treatment of waste

  1. SR2008 No16 25kte and 75kte: composting in open systems (no longer available)

    • Statutory guidance
  2. SR2008 No17 75kte: composting in closed systems (in-vessel composting)

    • Statutory guidance
  3. SR2008 No 18 75kte: non hazardous mechanical biological (aerobic) treatment facility (existing permits)

    • Statutory guidance
  4. SR2015 No.12: 75kte non-hazardous mechanical biological (aerobic) treatment facility

    • Statutory guidance
  5. SR2008 No19 75kte: non-hazardous sludge biological chemical and physical treatment site

    • Statutory guidance
  6. SR2008 No19 250kte: non-hazardous sludge biological chemical and physical treatment site

    • Statutory guidance
  7. SR2009 No4: combustion of biogas in engines at a sewage treatment works

    • Statutory guidance
  8. SR2010 No14 500t: composting biodegradable waste

    • Statutory guidance
  9. SR2010 No15: anaerobic digestion facility including use of the resultant biogas

    • Statutory guidance
  10. SR2010 No16: on-farm anaerobic digestion facility

    • Statutory guidance
  11. SR2010 No18: storage and treatment of dredgings for recovery

    • Statutory guidance
  12. SR2011 No1 500t: composting biodegradable waste (in open and closed systems)

    • Statutory guidance
  13. SR2012 No 3: composting in closed systems

    • Statutory guidance
  14. SR2012 No 7: composting in open systems

    • Statutory guidance
  15. SR2012 No 10: on-farm anaerobic digestion facility using farm wastes only, including use of the resultant biogas

    • Statutory guidance
  16. SR2012 No 12: anaerobic digestion facility including use of the resultant biogas (waste recovery operation)

    • Statutory guidance

Flood risk activities

Standard rules permits for flood risk activities

  1. SR2015 No.26: temporary dewatering affecting up to 20 metres of a main river

    • Statutory guidance
  2. SR2015 No.27: constructing an outfall pipe of 300mm to 500mm diameter

    • Statutory guidance
  3. SR2015 No.28: installing a clear span bridge on a main river

    • Statutory guidance
  4. SR2015 No.29: temporary storage within the flood plain of a main river

    • Statutory guidance
  5. SR2015 No.30: temporary diversion of a main river

    • Statutory guidance
  6. SR2015 No.31: channel habitat structure made of natural materials

    • Statutory guidance
  7. SR2015 No.32: installing a access culvert of no more than 5 metres length

    • Statutory guidance
  8. SR2015 No.33: repairing and protecting up to 20 metres of the bank of a main river

    • Statutory guidance
  9. SR2015 No.34: temporary scaffolding affecting up to 20 metres length of a main river

    • Statutory guidance
  10. SR2015 No.35: excavating a wetland or pond in a main river floodplain

    • Statutory guidance
  11. SR2015 No.36: installing and using site investigation boreholes and temporary trial pits within a main river floodplain for a period of up to 4 weeks

    • Statutory guidance
  12. SR2015 No.38: removing a total of 100 metres of exposed gravel from bars and shoals

    • Statutory guidance

Installations

  1. SR2012 No 4: composting in closed systems

    • Statutory guidance
  2. SR2012 No 8: composting in open systems

    • Statutory guidance
  3. SR2012 No 9: on-farm anaerobic digestion using farm wastes

    • Statutory guidance
  4. SR2012 No 11: anaerobic digestion facility including use of the resultant biogas

    • Statutory guidance
  5. SR2012 No 13: treatment of Incinerator Bottom Ash (IBA)

    • Statutory guidance

Low impact installation

Keeping/transfer of waste

  1. SR2008 No1 75kte: household, commercial and industrial waste transfer station (existing permits)

    • Statutory guidance
  2. SR2015 No.4: 75kte household, commercial and industrial waste transfer station

    • Statutory guidance
  3. SR2008 No 2: household, commercial and industrial waste transfer station (no building) (existing permits)

    • Statutory guidance
  4. SR2015 No.5: household, commercial and industrial waste transfer station (no building)

    • Statutory guidance
  5. SR2008 No 3 75kte: household, commercial and industrial waste transfer station with treatment (existing permits)

    • Statutory guidance
  6. SR2015 No.6: 75kte household, commercial and industrial waste transfer station with treatment

    • Statutory guidance
  7. SR2008 No4: household, commercial and industrial waste transfer station with treatment (no building) (existing permits)

    • Statutory guidance
  8. SR2015 No.7: household, commercial and industrial waste transfer station with treatment (no building)

    • Statutory guidance
  9. SR2008 No 5 75kte: household, commercial and industrial waste transfer station and asbestos storage (existing permits)

    • Statutory guidance
  10. SR2015 No.8: 75kte household, commercial and industrial waste transfer station with asbestos storage

    • Statutory guidance
  11. SR2008 No 6: household, commercial and industrial waste transfer station with asbestos storage (no building) (existing permits)

    • Statutory guidance
  12. SR2015 No.9: household, commercial and industrial waste transfer station with asbestos storage (no building)

    • Statutory guidance
  13. SR2008 No 7: 75kte household, commercial and industrial waste transfer station with treatment and asbestos storage (existing permits)

    • Statutory guidance
  14. SR2015 No.10: 75kte household, commercial and industrial waste transfer station with treatment and asbestos storage

    • Statutory guidance
  15. SR2008 No 8: household, commercial and industrial waste transfer station with treatment and asbestos storage (no building) (existing permits)

    • Statutory guidance
  16. SR2015 No.11: household, commercial and industrial waste transfer station with treatment and asbestos storage (no building)

    • Statutory guidance
  17. SR2008 No 9: asbestos waste transfer station

    • Statutory guidance
  18. SR2008 No 10 75kte: inert and excavation waste transfer station (existing permits)

    • Statutory guidance
  19. SR2008 No 11 75kte: inert and excavation waste transfer station with treatment (existing permits)

    • Statutory guidance
  20. SR2008 No24 75Kte: clinical waste and healthcare waste transfer station (existing permits)

    • Statutory guidance
  21. SR2008 No 25 75kte: clinical waste and healthcare waste treatment and transfer station (existing permits)

    • Statutory guidance
  22. SR2009 No 5: inert and excavation waste transfer station below 250kte (existing permits)

    • Statutory guidance
  23. SR2009 No 6: inert and excavation waste transfer station with treatment below 250kte (existing permits)

    • Statutory guidance
  24. SR2012 No15: storage of electrical insulating oils

    • Statutory guidance
  25. SR2010 no 17: storage of wastes to be used in land treatment

    • Statutory guidance
  26. SR2013 no 1: treatment of 100 t/y of clinical and healthcare waste

    • Statutory guidance

Metal recovery/scrap metal

  1. SR2012 No 14: metal recycling, vehicle storage, depollution and dismantling facility (existing permits)

    • Statutory guidance
  2. SR2015 No.18: metal recycling, vehicle storage, depollution and dismantling facility

    • Statutory guidance
  3. SR2008 No 20 75kte: vehicle storage, depollution and dismantling (authorised treatment) facility (existing permits)

    • Statutory guidance
  4. SR2015 No.13: 75kte vehicle storage depollution and dismantling (authorised treatment) facility

    • Statutory guidance
  5. SR2011 No 2: metal recycling site (existing permits)

    • Statutory guidance
  6. SR2015 No.16: metal recycling site

    • Statutory guidance
  7. SR2008 No 21 75kte: metal recycling site (existing permits)

    • Statutory guidance
  8. SR2015 No.14: 75kte metal recycling site

    • Statutory guidance
  9. SR2009 No7: storage of furnace ready scrap metal for recovery

    • Statutory guidance
  10. SR2008 No22 75kte: storage of furnace ready scrap metal for recovery

    • Statutory guidance
  11. SR2008 No 23 75kte: WEEE authorised treatment facility excluding ozone depleting substances (existing permits)

    • Statutory guidance
  12. SR2015 No.15: 75kte WEEE authorised treatment facility excluding ozone depleting substances

    • Statutory guidance
  13. SR2015 No.3: metal recycling and WEEE authorised treatment facility excluding ozone depleting substances

    • Statutory guidance
  14. SR2011 No 3: vehicle storage depollution and dismantling (authorised treatment) facility (existing permits)

    • Statutory guidance
  15. SR2015 No.17: vehicle storage depollution and dismantling authorised treatment facility

    • Statutory guidance

Materials recovery and recycling

  1. SR2008 No 12 75kte: non hazardous household waste amenity site (existing permits)

    • Statutory guidance
  2. SR2015 No.19: 75kte non-hazardous household waste amenity site

    • Statutory guidance
  3. SR2008 No 13 75kte: non-hazardous and hazardous household waste amenity site (existing permits)

    • Statutory guidance
  4. SR2015 No.20: 75kte non-hazardous and hazardous household waste amenity site

    • Statutory guidance
  5. SR2008 No 14 75kte: materials recycling facility (existing permits)

    • Statutory guidance
  6. SR2015 No.21: 75kte - materials recycling facility

    • Statutory guidance
  7. SR2008 No15: materials recycling facility (no building) (existing permits)

    • Statutory guidance
  8. SR2015 No.22: Materials recycling facility (no building)

    • Statutory guidance
  9. SR2011 No 4: treatment of waste wood for recovery (existing permits)

    • Statutory guidance
  10. SR2015 No.23: treatment of waste wood for recovery

    • Statutory guidance

Onshore oil and gas exploration, and mining operation

Radioactive substances for non-nuclear sites

Recovery or use of waste on land

  1. SR2015 No39: use of waste in a deposit for recovery operation

    • Statutory guidance
  2. SR2008 No 27: mobile plant for the treatment of soils and contaminated material, substances or products

    • Statutory guidance
  3. SR2010 No 4: mobile plant for land-spreading

    • Statutory guidance
  4. SR2010 No5: mobile plant for reclamation, restoration or improvement of land

    • Statutory guidance
  5. SR2010 No6: mobile plant for land-spreading of sewage sludge

    • Statutory guidance
  6. SR2010 No7 50kte: use of waste in construction (existing permits)

    • Statutory guidance
  7. SR2010 no8: use of waste in construction (existing permits)

    • Statutory guidance
  8. SR2010 No9: use of waste for reclamation, restoration or improvement of land (existing permits)

    • Statutory guidance
  9. SR2010 no10: standard rules to operate waste for reclamation, restoration or improvement of land (existing permits)

    • Statutory guidance

Treatment to produce aggregate or construction materials

Water discharges

The annual permit fee (‘subsistence’) for standard water discharge permits starts from the date the permit is issued, so you shouldn’t apply for a permit significantly ahead of when it’s required.

As well as the 2 standard permits listed in this section, standard permit SR2008No27 (mobile plant for the treatment of soils and contaminated material, substances or products) can also apply to water discharges, although it’s listed in recovery or use of waste on land. Check whether you qualify for that permit too.

There are currently no standard rules permits for sewage effluent to ground or groundwater.

  1. SR2010 No 2: discharge to surface water

    • Statutory guidance
  2. SR2010 number 3: discharge to surface water

    • Statutory guidance
Published 28 March 2014
Last updated 19 March 2018 + show all updates
  1. New rule set added to Radioactive substances for non-nuclear sites.
  2. Can you help us? We want to know what you think about our application process so we can improve it.
  3. Flood risk activities added.
  4. List of amended and new rules sets for publication post Standard Rule No 12 consultation
  5. New document added under onshore oil and gas exploration - SR2014 no 2: the management of extractive waste. New document added under keeping/transfer of waste - SR2013 no 1: treatment of 100 t/y of clinical and healthcare waste.
  6. First published.