Consultation outcome

Environmental permitting: standard rules consultation 26

Applies to England

This consultation has concluded

Detail of outcome

Feedback received

Detail of feedback received

We ran the formal consultation on our Citizen Space online consultation tool and on GOV.UK for 9 weeks from 3 November 2022 to the 8 January 2023.

We shared the consultation widely with all current medium combustion plant and specified generator permit holders. We also shared it with operators, trade bodies, consultancies and other interested parties who joined our mailing list.

In total we asked 20 questions. We received 10 responses to the consultation:

  • 6 were from operators of medium combustion plant and specified generators

  • 2 were from trade associations

  • 2 were from individuals

Original consultation


We want your views on our proposals to change standard rules permits for medium combustion plant and specified generators.

This consultation was held on another website.

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Consultation description

The consultation document sets out proposals for:

  • changes to SR2018 number 7 to allow for use by operations with existing medium combustion plant greater than 5 and less than 20 megawatt thermal (MWth)
  • a new standard rules permit and generic risk assessment for new (1 to 20 MWth) and existing (5 to 20 MWth) medium combustion plant, which are natural gas boilers, including the proposed charges
  • changes to SR2018 numbers 4 and 5 to allow for tranche B specified generators, which are also existing medium combustion plant between 5 and less than 20 MWth, if there is demand
  • a standard for hydro-treated (or hydrogenated) vegetable oil which could be considered as gas oil under the standard rules


Published 3 November 2022
Last updated 29 March 2023 + show all updates
  1. Added links to the published revised and new standard rules permits.

  2. We have published the consultation response.

  3. First published.