An overview of how we are funded, the legislative basis for our charging and the building blocks we use in setting charges. This includes government guidance, general principles and our consultation and approval process.
We protect and improve the environment and make it a better place for people and wildlife. We regulate businesses in order to minimise pollution incidents and reduce industry's impacts on the environment.
We are required by the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to recover the costs of our main regulatory services from the companies we regulate.
Sources of funding
Government grants from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Welsh Government and the charges we raise are our two main sources of funding.
Our regulatory work is funded through the charges we raise for environmental permits and licences. For other aspects of our work relating to fisheries, recreation and navigation, we raise charges on those who benefit, supplemented by government grants.
How we determine our charges
When we set our charges we consider statutory requirements and government guidance. We apply general principles that have been established to ensure our charges fairly reflect the costs of regulating an operator or providing a service.