Guidance

Change, transfer or cancel your environmental permit

How to change details of your environmental permit, transfer it to someone else or cancel it.

You can apply to:

Change (vary) your permit

Change your address or contact details

Complete the following documents and send them to the Environment Agency:

Correct mistakes or make minor changes

You can apply to correct a mistake in your permit or make administrative changes, for example to increase the area of a standard waste facility. This is known as an ‘administrative variation’.

Read the guidance for part C0.5 to find out what changes you can make.

To request changes, complete part C0.5: administrative variation of a standard or bespoke permit and send it to the Environment Agency.

Changing or adding things to your permit

If you want to do an activity that isn’t currently covered by your permit you must apply to have it added.

You can also apply to:

  • make changes to your permitted activity or its conditions
  • combine 2 or more permits into one

Complete part A: about you and part C1 to change or add a standard permit.

Complete part A: about you, part C2, and one of the following for changes to a bespoke permit:

  • part C3 to change an installation permit (not intensive farming)
  • part C3.5 to change an intensive farming installation permit
  • part C4 to change a bespoke waste operation permit
  • part C5 to change a mining waste operation permit
  • part C6 to change a standalone water discharges permit
  • part C7 to change a standalone groundwater discharges with spreading activities permit

In addition, complete one or more of the following:

Send your documents to the Environment Agency.

Transfer your permit to somebody else

You can transfer your permit or part of your permit to somebody else at any time.

Transfer a standalone water discharge or groundwater permit

Complete the part D1: notification of transfer form and send it to the Environment Agency.

Get the person taking over the permit to complete and send part A: about you to the Environment Agency.

There’s no charge for transferring this type of permit.

If you can’t contact the current permit holder, see the F1 guidance for further advice and contact the Environment Agency.

If you’re moving address, you need to include details of your new address so that the Environment Agency can send you confirmation of your permit transfer by post.

Transfer an installations, waste and mining waste operations permit

The person who wants to take over the permit must fill in:

The person who wants to take over the permit must also be the legal operator and meet the competency requirements.

The current permit holder and the person who wants to take over the permit must each fill in the part F1: Opra, charges and declarations form.

Send your documents to the Environment Agency.

Read the guidance for part F1 to find out how the Environment Agency decides whether the person who wants to take over the permit is eligible.

If you can’t contact the current permit holder, see the F1 guidance for further advice and contact the Environment Agency.

If you’re moving address, you need to include details of your new address so that the Environment Agency can send you confirmation of your permit transfer by post.

Cancel (surrender) your permit

You can cancel your permit or part of your permit at any time. This is known as ‘surrendering’ your permit. You must still pay for your permit until you cancel it.

You can cancel your permit if you:

  • no longer need it, for example if you’ve stopped doing the activity your permit covered
  • want to reduce the area of land your permit covers

You don’t need to cancel your permit if you want to:

Cancel a water discharge or groundwater activity permit

Complete the following documents and send them to the Environment Agency:

There is no charge for cancelling this type of permit.

Cancel an installations, waste and mining waste operations permit

You can apply to cancel all or part of your permit.

Complete the following documents and send them to the Environment Agency:

Fees

Read the charges for changing (varying) or transferring a permit, or cancelling a permit (surrenders). The cost depends on the type of business activity, the environmental risk and the amount of work needed to assess the application.

It’s free to transfer or cancel:

  • standalone water discharge permits
  • standalone groundwater permits

Submit your documents

Send your completed forms to:

Alternatively, you can post your forms to the Environment Agency.

Permitting and Support Centre
Environmental Permitting Team
Environment Agency
Quadrant 2
99 Parkway Avenue
Parkway Business Park
Sheffield
S9 4WF

Contact the Environment Agency

Contact the Environment Agency if you have questions about changing, cancelling or transferring your permit.

General enquiries

National Customer Contact Centre
PO Box 544
Rotherham
S60 1BY

Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm

Published 1 February 2016
Last updated 17 February 2017 + show all updates
  1. Minor update for clarification: You need to complete part C3.5 to change an intensive farming installation permit. Use part C3 to change an installation permit that isn't for intensive farming.
  2. First published.