How to access the Environment Agency's public registers of environmental information.
Applies to England
The Environment Agency regulates businesses and individuals who want to carry out activities that could pollute or negatively affect the environment. They issue licenses, permits, registrations and exemptions. These give people permission to carry out their activity, provided they follow certain rules.
The Environment Agency publishes information about these permissions on public registers so anyone can see it.
Search for information about environmental permits
You can use the public registers to find information about environmental permits for:
Search for information about registered exemptions
Some activities are exempt from needing an environmental permit, but the operator must register that they are carrying out that activity. There are strict rules and conditions they must follow to be able to register an exemption.
You can search the public register for registered exemptions for these activities:
Find a registered waste carrier
Search the public register to find registered waste carriers, brokers and dealers.
Find a licensed scrap metal dealer
Search the public registers to find a licensed scrap metal dealer.
Search Environment Agency prosecutions
The enforcement action register has information on formal cautions and prosecutions the Environment Agency has taken against companies.
For information on enforcement actions against individuals, contact the Environment Agency’s National Customer Contact Centre. The information it can release about individuals may be affected by data protection law and other relevant legal considerations.
Enforcement action information only covers the period from 2000 to the present.
Waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE)
The Environment Agency holds public register information collected under the WEEE regulations. Use the WEEE public registers to find information about:
WEEE approved producer compliance schemes
WEEE approved authorised treatment facilities and approved exporters
Packaging and batteries
On the National Packaging Waste Database you can find public registers of:
battery or packaging producers
battery treatment operators or exporters
Large raised reservoirs
The Environment Agency manages a register of large raised reservoirs.
You can email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a copy of this information.
Request a copy of a document
Once you have found the public register information you are interested in, you can ask the Environment Agency to send you a copy of the relevant permit or licence.
Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm.