Environmental Permitting

Licence Summary

To operate certain industrial activities in Darlington you must have a Permit issued by Darlington Borough Council.

A regulated facility includes:

  • Installations or mobile plants carrying out listed activities
  • Waste operations
  • Waste mobile plant
  • Mining waste operations

Listed activities include:

  • Energy - burning fuel, gasification, liquefaction and refining activities
  • Metals - manufacturing and processing metals
  • Minerals - manufacturing lime, cement, ceramics or glass
  • Chemicals - manufacturing chemicals, pharmaceuticals or explosives, storing chemicals in bulk
  • Waste - incinerating waste, operating landfills, recovering waste
  • Solvents - using solvents
  • Other - manufacturing paper, pulp and board, treating timber products, coating, treating textiles and printing, manufacturing new tyres, intensive pig and poultry farming

Listed activities are divided into three categories: Part A(1), Part A(2) and Part B. Part A permits control activities with a range of environmental impacts, including:

  • Emissions to air, land and water
  • Energy efficiency
  • Waste reduction
  • Raw materials consumption
  • Noise, vibration and heat
  • accident prevention

Part B permits control activities which cause emissions to air.

The permit your business requires depends on the specific processes involved and resulting emissions. Permits are available from the Environment Agency or Darlington Borough Council (the regulator) depending upon the category your business falls within:

  • Part A(1) installations or mobile plants are regulated by the Environment Agency
  • Part A(2) and Part B installations or mobile plants are regulated by the local authority, except waste operations carried out at Part B installations which are regulated by the Environment Agency
  • Waste operations or waste mobile plant carried on other than at an installation, or by Part A or Part B mobile plants, are regulated by the Environment Agency
  • Mining waste operations are regulated by the Environment Agency

Eligibility Criteria

Applications must be made on the form provided by ourselves (including online) and must include specified information which will vary depending on the operation.

If further information is required the applicant will be notified by ourselves and they must provide this information or the application will be deemed to be withdrawn.

For waste operations, no licence will be granted unless any required planning permission had first been granted.

Application Evaluation Process

Darlington Borough Council must have regard to the following when considering an application for an A2 or Part B permit:

  • The applicant must operate an LAPPC installation (A2,Part B) using the Best Available Techniques (BAT) for preventing or, where that is not practicable, reducing emissions for any environmental medium from the installation
  • A permit shall not be granted unless Darlington Borough Council considers the applicant will be able to carry on the activity to a suitable standard that complies with conditions set down within the permit by Darlington Borough Council
  • The onus is on the applicant to monitor and demonstrate that the installation is complying with laid down environmental emission objectives
  • Darlington Borough Council has various powers to ensure compliance with the conditions imposed, including:-
    • Refusal of a permit
    • Varying the conditions (this may also be requested by the operator)
    • Revocation of a permit
    • Service of Enforcement notices to reinforce a condition or
  • A prohibition notice if the installation involves an imminent risk of serious pollution of the Environment requiring the operator to close down all or part of the process and take necessary steps to stop the risk. The notice can be withdrawn when Darlington Borough Council is satisfied that the necessary action to deal with the problems has been taken.
  • Darlington Borough Council must keep a register of particulars related to any application, permits, variation notices, enforcement action

Will Tacit Consent Apply?

No. It is in the public interest that we must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from us within 28 days please contact us using the contact details below. Fees Fees payable for environmental permits are set by DEFRA [external link].

How to Apply

We aim to acknowledge your application within three working days. If you have applied online, we will acknowledge your application via email.

Apply Online

We aim to acknowledge your application within three working days. If you have applied online, we will acknowledge your application via email

**A2 Environmental Permit  plus B Environmental Permit plus vary existing circumstances plus Annual Charge

Download an Application Form

If you would prefer to download an application form, please download the document below and return it to us using the contact details below.

**Application form coming soon

Failed Application Redress

Please contact us in the first instance using the contact details below.

An applicant who is refused an environmental permit may appeal to the Secretary of State. Appeals must be lodged no later than six months from the date of the decision.

Licence Holder Redress

Please contact us in the first instance using the contact details below.

If an application to vary, transfer or surrender an environmental permit has been refused or if the applicant objects to conditions imposed on the environmental permit they may appeal to the Secretary of State.

Appeals must be lodged in relation to a regulator-initiated variation, a suspension notice or an enforcement notice, not later than two months from the date of the variation or notice and in any other case not later than six months from the date of the decision.

Consumer Complaint

We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the trader by you - preferably in the form a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK, Citizens Advice Bureau [external link] will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre [external link]

Trade Associations

Federation of Environmental Trade Associations (FETA) [external link]
Environmental Industries Commission (EIC) [external link] 
Environmental Services Associations (ESA) [external link]

Registers

To view the latest Register of LA-IPPC and LAPPC permitted processes please link to current permits here for further details