Environmental Permitting Regulations 2016—permits, applications and exemptions
Produced in partnership with Craig Burman of Schofield Sweeney
Environmental Permitting Regulations 2016—permits, applications and exemptions

The following Environment guidance note Produced in partnership with Craig Burman of Schofield Sweeney provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Environmental Permitting Regulations 2016—permits, applications and exemptions
  • Brexit impact
  • Guidance
  • Requirement for an environmental permit
  • Classes of regulated facility
  • Regulator
  • Environmental permits
  • Variations
  • Transfer
  • Surrender
  • more

On 1 January 2017, the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2016 (EPR 2016), SI 2016/1154, consolidated and replaced the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010. The EPR 2016 sets out a single, unified permitting regime for facilities and activities previously regulated under:

  1. Pollution Prevention and Control Regulations 2000

  2. Waste Management Licensing and exemption schemes

  3. parts of the Water Resources Act 1991 that dealt with water discharge and flood defence consenting

  4. Radioactive Substances Act 1993, and

  5. Groundwater Regulations 2009

On 30 January 2018 the Environmental Permitting Regulations (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2018 (Amending Regulations), SI 2018/110 came into force. The Amending Regulations amended the EPR 2016, SI 2016/1154, transposing Directive 2015/2193 on the limitation of emissions of certain pollutants into the air from medium combustion plants (‘the Medium Combustion Plants Directive’), and introduced domestic emission controls in respect of certain types of electricity generator. The Amending Regulations also extend the scope of EPR 2016 to include permitting requirements for the operation of medium combustion plants and generators in order to regulate emissions to protect air quality. The Amending Regulations also extend enforcement undertakings to flood risk activities, in respect of the Environment Agency in England, to provide greater consistency across regulated sectors and further options for enforcement.

On 2 May 2018 the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) (Amendment) (No 2)