The operation of certain industrial processes have the capacity to pollute the air around us and are consequently regulated by Local Authorities under a strict permitting regime in accordance with the Pollution Prevention and Control Act 1999. The requirements covers a broad range of new and existing industrial processes. Businesses which operate these premises must have a permit. The Council decides whether or not to give a permit to an operator. The permit states the ways in which pollution is to be minimised.
In the law, the premises are known as 'installations'. Some are called 'Part B' and local authorities can only deal with air pollution from them. Additional sorts of pollution e.g noise and vibration, waste, water pollution are controlled at 'Part A2' installations. 'Part A1' installations are usually larger or more complex industries and are regulated by the Environment Agency.
Listed activities include:
Listed activities are divided into three categories: Part A(1), Part A(2) and Part B.
Part A(1) processes - Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC)
The Environment Agency regulates A(1) activities, which are the larger more polluting and complex industries (power stations for example). Part A(1) permits control activities with a range of environmental impacts, including:
Part A(2) processes - Local Authority Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (LA-IPPC)
Local authorities regulate A(1) activities which include emissions to air, land and water and the impacts of noise, waste and energy efficiency but tend to be less complex than A(1) activities.
Part B processes - Local Authority Pollution Prevention and Control (LAPPC)
Local authorities regulate Part B processes which include emissions to air only. Part B permits control activities that have less potential to cause pollution and include activities such as vehicle re-spraying, crematoria, small foundries, coating processes and unloading of petrol.
Local authorities deal with about 80 different types of installation including glassworks and foundries, rendering plant and maggot breeders, petrol stations and concrete crushers, sawmills and paint manufacturers.
You can only apply for an environmental permit if you control the operation of a regulated facility. If you are unsure whether you need an environmental permit please contact the Environmental Protection team.
The permit your business requires depends on the specific processes involved and resulting emissions. Permits are available from the Environment Agency or the local authority depending upon the category your business falls within.
You should apply to the Environment Agency if you operate:
You should apply to the local authority in whose area your regulated facility is situated where you operate Part A(2) installations or mobile plant or Part B installations or mobile plant carrying on activities other than those which fall into the above categories.
Details of how to apply for permits issued by the Environment Agency are available on its website.
Part A(2) and Part B application forms are available from the Environmental Protection team.
A public register of environmental permit applications and permits granted by the council is held by our Environmental Protection Team (Public Register) at:
East Suffolk House
You can also view the register on this website.
During the current pandemic, it may be difficult to arrange an appointment for you to view documents in person at our office, depending on what restrictions are in place from time to time. If you wish to see the public documents associated with a permit, please contact us and we will work out how to meet your requirements in the safest way possible.