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Changes to Environmental Permitting Regulations

We are proposing to make a number of changes to the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010.
Start of consultation: 07/02/2013
End of consultation: 04/04/2013

This is a joint consultation with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

The changes we are proposing are:

  • removing the need for waste businesses to have planning permission in place for certain waste operations before an environmental permit can be issued
  • replacing the requirement for a full permit with a registration scheme for some low risk discharges to groundwater
  • simplifying requirements for regulators to keep registers of information about permitting decisions
  • transferring the handling of appeals from the Planning Inspectorate to the First Tier Tribunal
  • clarifying notice provisions relating to off-site permit conditions
  • correcting oversights in relation to permit transfers
  • allowing greater flexibility in the service of notices on corporate bodies

The consultation document and summary of responses are available on the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs website (external link).