Policy paper

Assessing and scoring environmental permit compliance

How the Environment Agency assesses and scores environmental permit compliance and what happens during and after a compliance assessment.

Applies to England

Documents

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How the Environment Agency assesses and scores environmental permit compliance for:

  • waste operations and installations
  • discharges to surface water and groundwater
  • radioactive substances activities

These guides include:

  • 6 principles which explain how the Environment Agency assesses and scores permit compliance
  • an explanation of what happens after a compliance assessment
  • an explanation of how the Environment Agency uses the results of an assessment, including how this affects subsistence charges for waste operations and installations
Published 14 January 2019
Last updated 15 January 2020 + show all updates
  1. In the document 'Waste operations and installations: assessing and scoring environmental permit compliance', we have updated the section ‘Explaining the outcomes of a compliance assessment’ – a permit holder can now challenge any part of the CAR form within 28 days of receipt.

  2. We added a publication to explain how we assess environmental permit compliance for radioactive substances activities. We made minor updates to the waste and water publications, including adding links to the radioactive substances activities publication.

  3. We've renamed the publication for assessing and scoring environmental permit compliance for waste operations and installations (including intensive farming). This guide does not apply to radioactive substances activities. We've added a publication to explain how we assess environmental permit compliance for discharges to surface water and groundwater.

  4. First published.