Licence - Environmental Permitting

A range of industrial activities, carried out at installations or by means of mobile plant and referred to as regulated facilities, which have the potential to cause harm to the environment or human health, are listed in Part 2 of Schedule 1 to the Environmental Permitting (England & Wales) Regulations 2007.

To protect against pollution from these regulated facilities the following pollution control regimes are in force.

  1. Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC - Part A1 activities) regulated by the Environment Agency
  2. Local Authority Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (LA-IPPC - Part A2 activities) regulated by the local authority
  3. Local Authority Pollution Prevention and Control (LAPPC - Part B activities) regulated by the local authority.

Operators of these “regulated facilities” must gain prior approval from the Regulator prior to starting the activity. It is an offence to operate a regulated facility other than under and to the extent authorise by an Environmental Permit.

The Regulator grants prior approval to an Operator of a regulated facility by issuing an Environmental Permit. To obtain an Environmental Permit an application to the Regulator must be made.

Any person making an application for an Environmental Permit is advised to contact the relevant Regulator for guidance. Timescales for obtaining a Permit will vary, taking up to 4 months from receipt of a duly made application and may involve a period of public consultation. The determination period may be extended, if necessary, by agreement of both the applicant and the Regulator. All applications must be accompanied by a fee, which is set by the Welsh Assembly Government.

Environmental Permits are granted subject to compliance with conditions set by the Regulator. These conditions are necessary to minimise pollution and provide an appropriate level of protection of the environment and are set having regard to the type of regulated facility and the Best Available Techniques (BAT) described in statutory guidance.

Conditions attached to Environmental Permits for Part A1 and A2 regulated facilities effect control over emissions to air, water and land to achieve a high level of protection of the environment as a whole. Conditions attached to Environmental Permits for Part B regulated facilities effect control over emissions to air only.

In addition to effecting control over emissions, permit conditions may also be included requiring notification of any significant changes to the regulated facility or a change in the Operator.

Once a permit has been granted the Regulator will carry out regular inspections of the Regulated Facility to check that the Operator is complying with the conditions of the permit. The frequency of inspection is determined by a risk assessment.

Eligibility Criteria

You will not be granted a permit if Rhondda Cynon Taf county borough council does not feel that you will ensure that the installation or plant will be operated in line with permit conditions.

Regulation Summary

Details of the legislation can be found by following the following links.

Application Process

The Council will take into account that all appropriate pollution prevention measures are taken, particularly through best available techniques and that no significant pollution is caused. The Council may be required to give notice of your application to the petroleum licensing authority, dependent upon the activity you will carry out. They may also be required to give notice of the application to any other bodies the as specified in the Act and Regulations require. If they intend to attach an off-site condition to your permit they will provide notice to you, or the owner, lessee or occupier of the land if not you. They must consider any representations made in relation to your application.

Application forms can be obtained by contacting us or by applying online using the details below

Please note: It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted

Costs

Fees for an application are published on the Welsh Assembly’s website and are updated annually every April.

There is also an annual subsistence charge these are also updated annually every April.

How to apply

You can now apply for your licence online or can obtain an application form by contacting us using the details below:

Environmental Permitting

Public Register

The Council is required to keep a public register of the regulated facilities within the Borough containing the information specified in Schedule 19 to the 2007 Regulations. This public register contains details of all Part A1, A2 and B regulated facilities permitted within Rhondda Cynon Taf and can be viewed at the Council’s Ty Elai office. An index to the public register can be viewed on line. The full list of regulated facilities permitted by the Environment Agency, can be accessed at the Environment Agency Wales.

Further Information Detailed guidance, Directives and Regulations can be accessed through Defra|

Appeal Process

Please contact The Council in the first instance. You may appeal against a decision made by the council to refuse a permit, to refuse to vary a permit or against conditions of the permit and against refusal to transfer a permit to the Planning Inspectorate of the Welsh Assembly Government. Appeals must be made in writing and stating the grounds for your appeal. The appeal time will vary dependent upon the type of appeal but for a failed application must be made within six months of the decision.

Licence Holder Redress

Please contact The Council in the first instance. You may appeal against a decision to the Planning Inspectorate of the Welsh Assembly Government. Appeals must be made in writing giving grounds for your appeal. The appeal time will vary dependent upon the type of appeal but for an appeal against a condition, or for the refusal of a variation or transfer for example, these appeals must be made within six months of the decision.

Contact Us

Pollution and Public Health
Public Health and Protection
Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council
Ty Elai
Dinas Isaf East
Williamstown
Tonypandy
CF40 1NY

Tel: 01443 425001
Email: EnvironmentalPollution@rhondda-cynon-taf.gov.uk|