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Environmental permits

The Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2008 brings together waste management licensing (WML) and pollution prevention and control (PPC) and delivers a common approach to applying for permits, their maintenance, surrender, and enforcement.

There are different categories of permit in England and Wales:

  • Part A (1) - Regulated by the Environment Agency

  • Part A (2) - Regulated by local councils

  • Part B - Regulated by local councils

Examples of activities that are regulated under Part A include:

  • producing and handling organic chemicals such as hydrocarbons, plastic materials and diisocyanates

  • producing and handling inorganic chemicals such as ammonia, hydroxide bases, metal oxides and nitric acid

  • producing and processing chemical fertilisers and biocides

  • producing pharmaceutical products

  • producing explosives.

Examples of activities that are regulated under Part B include:

  • using some organic chemicals such as toluene diisocyanate or methane diisocyanate

  • bulk storage of chemicals. 

We are required to consult the public on new applications for environmental permits, and on any applications involving a substantial change to existing environmental permits.

For more information, please contact us on 01543 308000 or email

Detailed information regarding environmental permitting can be found on the following websites:

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District Council House, Frog Lane, Lichfield, Staffs, WS13 6YY

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Our main reception at Frog Lane in Lichfield is open Monday - Friday, 8.45am - 5.15pm. Our phone lines close at 5pm.