Apply for a standard rules environmental permit

How to apply for a standard rules environmental permit from the Environment Agency.

Before you apply

You need to check you:

  • comply with the standard rules and risk assessment for your permit - if standard rules do not cover what you are doing, you’ll need to apply for a bespoke permit

  • meet the legal operator and competency requirements - these include having evidence of a technical competence qualification, for example from the Waste Management Industry Training and Advisory Board (WAMITAB)

You must:

How to apply

Apply for a standard rules environmental permit.

We’ll tell you what documents and information you need when you start the application.

Contact us

Contact the Environment Agency if you need help with your application or you cannot apply online.

Due to coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions, we cannot access postal applications. Please submit completed forms via email. If you have sent us a postal application since 18 March, please resubmit it to us by email, if you can.

On our return, we will process any complete postal applications based on the date that we received them.

General enquiries

National Customer Contact Centre
PO Box 544
S60 1BY

Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm.

Due to the current health emergency we have reduced the times our phone lines are open. This is under review and we hope to be able to extend them soon. If possible please contact us by email at

The impact of COVID-19 on our teams means you may experience some delays in responses as most of our staff will be working from home. We are currently unable to deal with post sent to our offices in the usual way.

Published 28 August 2018
Last updated 20 November 2020 + show all updates
  1. Before you submit your permit application you must check your site meets the standard rules location criteria. If your site does not meet the criteria we will return your application.

  2. Explained how we are managing postal applications during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

  3. First published.