Intensive farming (pigs and poultry)

Pig and poultry production is a vital part of UK agriculture and accounts for around one fifth of total agricultural output

Environmental permitting for intensive farming

We regulate intensive pig and poultry farms under the Environmental Permitting Regulations (EPR). These were formerly called the Pollution Prevention and Control (PPC) Regulations.

Pig and poultry farms can affect the environment through the release of pollutants. These include:

  • ammonia
  • nutrients from manure, litter and slurry
  • effluent discharges
  • dust
  • odour
  • noise

Farms that exceed capacity thresholds require an environmental permit to operate.

We have produced guidance to help customers applying for new bespoke intensive farm activities, or who want to expand their existing activity.

Guidance Note GN 020: Assessing the impact of ammonia and nitrogen on designated sites from new and expanding intensive livestock units, sets out how you must demonstrate you have considered the potential impacts of ammonia and nitrogen, from your activity.

Guidance Note GN 036: Modelling the concentration and deposition of ammonia emitted from intensive farming, provides additional information and should be used when detailed modelling is needed as part of your impact assessment

You should read the guidance before completing an application.  It will help you complete the impact assessments needed as part of the application.

If you are unsure whether you require a permit please contact your local officer. To find out who to talk to call our Customer Care Centre on 0300 065 3000.

If you want to apply for a new permit or if you want to change, transfer or surrender your permit then please complete the EPR application forms.

For more information on how apply, see our 'Applying for a bespoke installation permit' page.