Find out about the different types of environmental permit.
Step one: understand the difference between an exemption and a permit
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.
Standard permits are a set of fixed rules for common activities. If you can meet the requirements you can have a standard permit. They have fixed charges.
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.
Step two: find out if the activity you plan to carry out is exempt from permitting or needs a permit
We strongly advise you to have a pre-application discussion with us before preparing and submitting an 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 wont harm human health.
If you are not already in contact with a local officer please call our National Customer Contact Centre on 0370 850 6506. They will put you in touch with someone in your local office.
Click on the activity you are applying for from the sector list, to find out whether you can register an exemption or if you need a permit.
These pages provide you with our guidance documents and application forms.