Do you need to apply for a permit or register a waste exemption
Check if there is an exemption for your activity
Exemptions are for activities that don’t need a permit. Many of these need to be registered with us so we know they are taking place.
Most exemptions are free.
Check if you can get a standard rules permit
Standard rules permits are a set of fixed rules for common activities. If you can meet the requirements you are entitled to have a standard permit.
They have fixed charges.
How to apply for a bespoke permit
Bespoke permits are written specifically for your activity.
They take longer to process than standard permits so they tend to be more expensive.
If you can’t meet the requirements for an exemption or standard permit then you will need to apply for a bespoke permit.
Fees and charges
Read more about fees and charges in our environmental permitting charging scheme.
Get help with your application
We strongly advise you to have a pre-application discussion with us before preparing and submitting a permit application. This should help you get your permit application right first time and raise issues early, ultimately saving you time and money.
In these discussions we can give you advice on:
- how to prepare your application
- what guidance is available
- what type of information you need to provide to show us that your proposals will protect the environment and will not harm human health
When you'll get your permit
We'll determine your application as soon as is practically possible. If your application for a permit is more complex because of other legislation or planning constraints, or we have particular concerns about the proposal then we may need to agree a different timescale with you.
We have to determine your application within the timescales set out in our customer charter.
What we do
It is our responsibility to:
- assess every application for potential impacts
- have regard to our aims and legal duties
- listen to members of the public who may be affected by the proposals