Technical guidance for regulated industry sectors: environmental permitting

Environmental permitting technical guidance for your activity.

Changes to EPR guidance

The Environment Agency is currently updating EPR guidance to meet Smarter guidance and Government digital service requirements. Some of the generic guidance documents referred to in these technical guides have been withdrawn and replaced with new versions.

These sector technical guides are still current and how the Environment Agency regulates you and your legal requirements have not changed.

Changes to generic guidance documents are as follows:

You need to read these generic guides in addition to your sector technical guidance.

Combustion activities

See the BREF technical guidance for large combustion plants.

Food and drink

See the BREF technical guidance for the food, drink and milk industries.

Paper, pulp and cardboard manufacturing

See the BREF technical guidance for paper, pulp and cardboard manufacturing.


Clinical waste

  1. Clinical waste: additional guidance

Gasification, liquefaction and refining industry

Intensive farming


Landspreading permits

  1. Landspreading: additional guidance

Metals production and processing


Printing and textiles – coating activities

  1. Textile sector: additional guidance

Slaughterhouses – poultry and red meat abattoirs

Waste incineration

Waste recovery on land

Waste treatment

Published 7 April 2014
Last updated 6 May 2020 + show all updates
  1. We have withdrawn the food and drink sector and dairy and milk processing sector technical guidance notes and linked to the replacement BREF technical guidance for the food, drink and milk industries.

  2. We have withdrawn the technical guidance note for combustion activities. We have added a link to the BREF technical guidance for large combustion plant.

  3. Paper, pulp and cardboard manufacturing: link provided to BREF and BAT conclusion documents.

  4. First published.