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The Pollution Prevention and Control Act 1999 and the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010, regulate through a process of permitting, industrial activities with the potential for significant emissions to atmosphere (or to water and land for Part A processes).

United Kingdom and European Union law defines the processes that are regulated under this legislation.  Large scale and more polluting sites known as Part A1 processes are regulated by the Environment Agency, and Part A2 and Part B processes, which are less environmentally significant, are regulated by local councils.

Further information and specific guidance on processes, including fees and charges, can be found on the Defra website.


Current Consultations

There are currently no consultations.

Public Registers

Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils currently permit processes including cement batching plants, petrol stations, dry cleaners, vehicle resprayers and manufacturers of paints and other coating materials.

Public Registers kept by the Environment Agency and the Councils contain relevant information concerning permits for the processes they regulate.  Information regarding sites regulated by the Environment Agency can be viewed via their website.  Copies of permit documents for sites regulated by the Councils can be viewed at our offices in Endeavour House, 8 Russell Road, Ipswich, IP1 2BX.


Exemptions for Waste Treatment

Some waste treatment activities are covered by the Regulations, but as they pose a low risk to the environment and human health, they may be exempt from requiring an Environmental Permit.  There are also specific low-risk waste treatment activities that qualify for an environmental permitting exemption.  Further information is provided in the following leaflet: Environmental Permits - Exemptions for Waste Treatment


Application Forms and Fees

Please contact us to request an application form to register for a Part A2 or Part B environmental permit.


Fees and Charges for Permits

A one-off application fee needs to accompany the completed application form.  An application is not ‘duly made’ until the correct fee has been received.  Once a permit is issued, there is also an annual subsistence charge payable to the local authority.

2019-20 Fees and Charges for Part A2 and Part B Permits (PDF, 40Kb) 


Chimney Height Approval

Under the Clean Air Act 1993, certain chimneys serving industrial or business furnaces or boilers require approval from the Local Authority before they are first used.  This is to ensure there will be adequate dispersion of the flue gases so that a nuisance will be avoided.

The procedure applies to chimneys serving commercial or industrial furnaces or boilers used to burn the following fuels:

  • Pulverised fuel;
  • Any other solid matter at a rate of 45.4kg/hr or more;
  • Any liquid or gaseous matter at a rate of 366.4kW/hr or more.


Applications for Chimney height approval

 Applications should be made using the following form. There is no charge for this.


Chimney Height Approval Application Form


The Local Authority aims to determine any application within 4 weeks, but further information may be required during the application process.

Applicants should use the "3rd Edition of the Clean Air Act Memorandum on Chimney Heights" to establish the height of any chimney proposed and may be required to submit details of the calculation during the processing of the application.