Companies carrying out activities that could potentially cause emissions to air, land or water may need to hold an Environment Permit under the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010.
If certain changes occur to the activity, or the company changes hands, then the permit may need to be varied or transferred. If the activity ceases, then the permit will need to be surrendered.
To find out whether or not your company needs to hold, vary, transfer or surrender a permit please visit the DEFRA website.
Some installations (known as ‘Part A1’) are regulated by the Environment Agency. They are usually larger or more complex.
Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010.
Fees are applicable for applications and conditions will be attached to any permit. There may also be a charge to vary, transfer or surrender an existing permit. Annual subsistence fees are payable each year.
Fees for the current year can be found on the DEFRA website.
Application Evaluation Process
In order for an application to be valid, it must be 'duly made' as set out in the regulations. Our timescale for establishing whether applications have been duly made is 10 working days. Once we are satisfied that an application is duly made, we aim to determine A2 applications within 6 months and Part B applications within 4 months, unless a longer time is agreed.
The time for determination does not start until a full and complete application has been received by the local authority.
Notification of surrender of a Part B permit must be submitted to us at least 20 working days before the surrender is to take effect.
Will Tacit Consent Apply?
No - it is in the public interest that West Somerset Council must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from us within a reasonable period, please contact us
Application forms are available on request.
To apply on line:
Part B applications
Tell us about a change to your existing circumstances
Pay an annual subsistence fee
Failed Application Redress
You have the right to appeal to the Secretary of State if you are refused a permit, however, please contact us in the first instance. The General Guidance Manual on Policy and Procedures for A2 and B Installations (DEFRA 2012) sets out the process and is available on the DEFRA website.
Licence Holder Redress
You have the right to appeal to the Secretary of State if you are refused a permit, however, please contact us in the first instance. The General Guidance Manual on Policy and Procedures for A2 and B Installations (DEFRA 2010) sets out the process and is available on the DEFRA website.
We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the trader by you - preferably in the form of a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK, Consumer Direct will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.
Guidance and Advice
Further information including the full regulations are available from the DEFRA website,
Alternatively, please contact the Environmental Health Unit, West Somerset Council, Killick Way, Williton, Taunton, Somerset, TA4 4QA
Tel: 01643 703704