Pig and Poultry Assurance Scheme

Guidance about the Pig and Poultry Assurance Scheme available under the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010.



This guidance describes:

  • what the Pig and Poultry Assurance Scheme is
  • the benefits of joining
  • who can join the scheme
  • how to join the scheme
  • when a farm may be expelled from the scheme
Published 5 March 2013
Last updated 22 July 2020 + show all updates
  1. In the section 'When a farm may be expelled', we have changed ‘if it scores more than 30 CCS points during a CB or EO visit’ to ‘if it scores more than 30 CCS points in a calendar year’. We have also added ‘if we believe your farm is not being well managed in accordance with the aims of the scheme’.

  2. This page has been updated by the Environment Agency as a result of the strategic review of charges. The review was consulted on between November 2017 and January 2018. The changes commence from April 2018.

  3. Updated guidance for 2016.

  4. New information has been added about: * the amount of money that farmers save * sites of high public interest have been added to the eligibility criteria * confirmation that if a permit is varied the farm stays in the scheme

  5. First published.