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Activities that need an Environmental Permit

List of activities

Please note that if the activity you wish to carry out is not on this list, you should get further advice from either your local council or DEFRA.

Please be aware that you may still need to get planning permission, regardless of whether your business requires a Permit.

Common activities

  • Dry Cleaning
  • Petrol Station
  • Spraying of Vehicles
  • Handling of Bulk Cement
  • Mobile Crushing and Screening
  • Coating of Metals and Plastics
  • Small waste oil burners
  • Manufacture or Treatment of Timber and Wood-Based Products

Animal and vegetable processing activities

  • Vegetable Matter Drying Processes
  • Maggot Breeding
  • Sausage Casings
  • Fish Meal Processing
  • Hide and Skin Processes
  • Wet Pet Food Manufacture
  • Dry Pet Food Manufacture
  • Animal Feed Compound
  • Mushroom Substrate Manufacture
  • Tobacco Processes

Combustion and incineration activities

  • Waste Oil and Recovered Oil Burners less than 0.4MW
  • Waste Oil or Recovered Oil Burners, 0.4-3 MW Net Rated Thermal Input
  • Boilers and Furnaces, 20-50 MW Net Rated Thermal Input
  • Gas Turbines, 20-50 MW Net Thermal Input
  • Compression Ignition Engines, 20-50 MW Net Rated Thermal Input
  • Combustion of Fuel Manufactured from or comprised of Solid Waste in Appliances
  • Crematoria
  • Animal Carcase Incineration

Mineral activities

  • Blending, Packing, Loading, Unloading and Use of Bulk Cement
  • Manufacture of Heavy Clay Goods and Refractory Goods
  • Lead Glass, Glass Frit and Enamel Frit Manufacturing Processes
  • Coal, Coke, Coal Product and Petroleum Coke
  • Polishing or Etching Glass or Glass Products using Hydrofluoric Acid
  • Exfoliation of Vermiculite and Expansion of Perlite
  • Quarry Processes
  • Plaster Processes
  • Asbestos Processes
  • Lime Processes
  • Roadstone Coating Processes
  • Mineral Drying and Cooling
  • Mobile Crushing and Screening
  • China and Ball Clay Processes including the Spray Drying of Ceramics
  • Manufacture of Timber and Wood-Based Products
  • Di-isocyanate Processes

Metal activities

  • Furnaces for the Extraction of Non-Ferrous Metal from Scrap
  • Hot Dip Galvanizing Processes
  • Electrical, Crucible and Reverberatory Furnaces
  • Iron, Steel and Non-Ferrous Metal Foundry Processes
  • Hot and Cold Blast Cupolas, and Rotary Furnaces
  • Processes Melting and Producing Aluminium and its Alloys
  • Processes Melting and Producing Magnesium and its Alloys
  • Zinc and Zinc Alloy Processes
  • Copper and Copper Alloy Processes
  • Metal Decontamination Processes
  • Surface Treatment of Metal Processes
  • Metal and other Thermal Spraying Processes

Organic chemical activities

  • Fibre re-enforced plastics
  • Petroleum and powder coating activities
  • Storage, Unloading and Loading Petrol at Terminals
  • Unloading of Petrol into Storage at Petrol Stations
  • Manufacture of Coating Powder
  • Powder Coating including Sherardizing and Vitreous Enamelling Dry
  • Bitumen and Tar Processes

Solvent activities

  • Chemical Treatment of Timber and Wood-Based Products
  • Printing and Coating of Metal Packaging
  • Textile and Fabric Coating and Finishing
  • Coil Coating
  • Film Coating
  • Coating in Drum Manufacturing and Reconditioning
  • Printing
  • Printing of Flexible Packaging
  • Paper Coating
  • Paint Application in Vehicle Manufacturing
  • Leather Finishing
  • Coating of Metal and Plastic
  • Vegetable Oil Extraction and Fat and Oil Refining
  • Rubber
  • Adhesive Coating including Footwear Manufacturing
  • Wood Coating
  • Original Coating of Road Vehicles and Trailers
  • Respraying of Road Vehicles
  • Coating and Recoating of Aircraft and Aircraft Components
  • Coating and Recoating of Rail Vehicles
  • Formulation and Finishing of Pharmaceutical Products
  • Manufacture of Coating Materials
  • Surface Cleaning
  • Dry Cleaning