Environmental permitting is a regime to regulate certain types of industrial installations which can potentially create pollution.
There are 3 classes of permit specified under the schedule:
Part A1 permits
Installations which require an A1 permit are regulated by the Environment Agency and generally industries considered to be the most polluting. Installations covered include large power stations, chemical works and heavy industrial processes. A1 premises are regulated for emissions to air, land and water. Other environmental aspects such as noise, vibration, waste control and energy usage is also considered.
Part A2 permits
Installations which require an A2 permit are regulated by Council. Pollution created by such installations is considered to be of medium risk. A2 premises are also regulated for emissions to air, land, water and other environmental considerations.
Part B permits
Industries or installations which require a part B permit are only regulated for emissions to air. Cement batching plants, quarry processes and waste oil burners will fall into this category
Further information regarding the Installations which require a permit are listed in schedule 1 of the Environmental Permitting Regulations 2010