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What is a regulated installation?

A regulated installation is a commercial or industrial premises or process issued with a Permit under the Environmental Permitting (England & Wales) Regulations 2010 [753kb], (Pollution Prevention and Control Act (PPC) 1999).

What is a Permit?

A Permit is effectively a license to operate a polluting process. Central Government prescribes which types of process or installation require a Permit and issues guidance to local authorities on the conditions that should be imposed to control and monitor potentially polluting practices.

Both the Environment Agency and local authorities regulate permitted installations. The Environment Agency regulates 'Part A(1)' installations, which are those larger industrial processes that involve the significant release of pollutants to the air, water and land environments.

Local authorities regulate medium sized 'Part A(2)' installations also for the release of pollutants to the air, water and land environments and, more commonly, 'Part B' smaller installations which involve the release of pollutants to air only.

Permit conditions place strict requirements on the nature and duration of emissions from the installation. There are explicit conditions on odour emissions from the processes and the level of pollutants contained in emissions, which in most cases, must be independently monitored annually. We also regularly inspect processes to ensure compliance with Permit requirements.

What types of installations require a 'Part A(2) or a 'Part B' Permit?

Local authorities permit a wide-range of installations such as concrete batching plants, quarries, mobile crushing plants, metal coating processes, wood products manufacturing and larger car repair shops. Small waste oil burners, dry cleaners and certain petrol stations also require a permit to operate.

Full details of all installations included within the scope of the Environmental Permitting Regulations (EPR) 2010 Regulations can be found at

Operating an installation included within the scope of the Environmental Permitting regulations without a current permit is an offence, liable to a maximum penalty upon conviction of £20,000 and/or 6 months imprisonment and to an unlimited fine and/or two years imprisonment upon conviction on indictment (i.e. in the Crown court).

How to apply

Applications must be made using the forms below then return this to us with the appropriate fee and any supporting documentation. We recommend that you contact us in the first instance to discuss your application, as this may help with the process and will ensure that we are prepared for the application.

Part A2 Application Form

Part B Application Form

Please contact or Tel: 01884 255255 

If further information is required, we will notify you and you must provide this information or the application will be deemed to be withdrawn.

For waste operations, no licence will be granted unless any required planning permission has been granted.


Fees for environmental permits are set by the government

What happens next?

We aim to acknowledge your application within three working days.

We will consider your application and if appropriate, may arrange to visit your premises.

The Council will pay regard to the protection of the environment taken as a whole by, in particular, preventing or, where that is not practicable, reducing emissions into the air, water and land.

New applications may have to be advertised in the local press for public consultation and other government bodies such as the Environment Agency or Natural England may be consulted.

It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from us within 105 calendar days, please contact us.

Make a change to a permit

If you make any changes to your business that relate to this permit, you need to tell us so that we can consider if changes to the permit are required.

Make a subsistence payment

Permit holders are required to make an annual Subsistence payment to cover the cost of the regulatory activity.

List of installations

To view a full list of authorised processes currently operating in the Mid Devon District see: Regulated Installations in Mid Devon.

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