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)
check your site meets the location criteria (excludes mobile plant permits), otherwise we will return your application to you - use the pre-application heritage and nature conservation screening service to help you
have a written management system before you start operating - we’ll check it when we first inspect your site
How to apply
We’ll tell you what documents and information you need when you start the application.
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.
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