Water discharge and groundwater activity environmental permits

How to apply for and comply with environmental permits for surface water discharge activities or groundwater activities.

Guides covering how the Environment Agency sets and assesses compliance for surface water discharge activity and groundwater activity permits for sewage effluent, waste water or trade discharges.

Use these guides when designing and planning your activity and when completing your permit application. The guides include monitoring and operational rules for water companies.

Apply for a permit

Environmental permit risk assessments

Treatment, monitoring and permit limits

Published 8 May 2018
Last updated 9 February 2022 + show all updates
  1. Added links to the guidance: 'Septic tanks and sewage treatment plants: what you need to do', 'Comply with septic tank and sewage treatment plant permits' and 'Get advice before you apply for an environmental permit'.

  2. First published.