You must have an environmental permit if you operate certain regulated activities within England and Wales. Regulated activities include any activity listed in Schedule 1 of the Environmental Permitting (England & Wales) Regulations 2010 (as amended).Listed activities are divided into three categories: Part A (1), Part A (2) and Part B. Part A1 activities are regulated by the Natural Resources Wales (contact details can be found below). Part A (2) & Part B are regulated by the Council.
The environmental permit your business requires depends on the specific processes involved and the resulting emissions.
Who Can Apply?
Applications must be made on any specified form provided by the regulator, or online, and must include specified information which will vary depending on the nature of the activities being carried out.
The application must be from the operator of the regulated facility.
For A(1) and A(2) regulated activities an environmental permit will not be granted unless any required planning permission has first been obtained and the applicant is able to evidence this.
Do I have to pay an application fee?
Yes. Please see Fees & Charges. The appropriate fee must accompany the environmental permit application.
What legislation governs this application?
How is my Application Processed?
Upon receipt of the application the Council will determine whether it has been “duly made” i.e. it contains all the relevant information regarding the proposed activities as outlined in the regulations, the appropriate fee payable for processing the application has been received and the application has been made to the correct regulator.
How long will it take to process my application and will implied consent apply?
Applications will be assessed to determine if they are duly made and confirmation provided to the applicant within 10 working days as to whether the application is considered to be duly made or not. Upon determination of the application being considered to be duly made the Council will then proceed to process the application to determine whether or not a permit is to be issued.
Implied consent will not apply. It is in the public interest that the Council must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from the local authority within 10 days please contact us.
The Council must normally determine the applications for Part B environmental permits within four months of an application being duly made and five months and three weeks for A2 environmental applications being duly made. Timescales maybe longer if additional information is required.
Can I appeal if my application is unsuccessful?
Please contact the Environmental Health Section in the first instance regarding any returned or refused environmental permit applications.
An applicant who is refused an environmental permit may appeal in writing to the appropriate authority which in Wales is the Welsh Ministers. Appeals must be lodged no later than six months from the date of the decision.
Should you wish to make a complaint please contact the Environmental Health Section.
Details for A1 Environmental Permit Applications
Natural Resources Wales
29 Newport Road
Public Protection Service
Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council
Telephone: 01495 357813
Fax: 01495 355834