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You may need to get a pollution prevention and control (PPC) Part B permit if you operate a facility in Scotland which produces air emissions.
Certain commercial activities which produce air emissions are called Part B activities. These include:
- dry cleaning
- petrol vapour recovery (PVR)
- cement batching
- roadstone coating
Contact your local Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) office to find out if you need a permit.
The permit means you must:
- monitor the emissions from the activity (or activities) and record the results
- notify SEPA in case of accidental releases and releases above the limits set for your emissions
- keep certain records that may be inspected by SEPA
SEPA periodically reviews each of its PPC permits.
How to apply
The SEPA website has information on applying for a PPC Part B permit.
You will have to pay an application fee. There’s also a fee to make major changes to your permit.
Read ‘Pollution Prevention and Control (Scotland) Regulations 2000 - A Practical Guide’ for more information.
Fines and penalties
You could be fined up to £20,000 and/or be sentenced to 6 months imprisonment if you don’t get a permit or don’t comply with the conditions of your permit.