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Environmental Permitting - Application Forms, Operator Tools & Sources of Further Information

Downloads- Application Forms

Standard applications forms to be used in relation to Environmental Permitting may be downloaded, free of charge, by clicking the appropriate link.

It is generally beneficial for operators and local authorities to hold pre-application discussions. Appointments can be made by contacting the Environmental Protection Section using the details given in the link provided.

It should be noted that most applications are subject to an application fee and a form of payment must be submitted with application.

Additionally, as copies of applications must be placed upon the Public Register, or may need to be distributed to other bodies for their consultation, several copies of an application may need to be submitted.

Download – Operator Tools

This page contains several tools which may be used by operators to demonstrate compliance with the conditions of a Permit.

These include examples of procedures and record sheets, and, a number of tools to calculate emissions – namely for use by installations subject to the requirements of the Solvents Emissions Directive.

Sources of Guidance, Assistance and Information:

Environmental Permitting Regulations 2010

The link below gives a copy of the Regulations for reference purposes only. The Regulations are subject to frequent amendment and the document available at this link should be regarded as an unofficial unconsolidated version. A list of all activities requiring a permit to operate is given within schedule 1 of these Regulations.

Defra website

This is the primary source of all guidance documents, for both the operator's of installations and this Department, relating to the regulation under the Environmental Permitting Regime.

General Guidance Manual on Policy and Procedures for A2 and B Installations

This gives explains the main functions, procedures and terminology used in the legislation and provides operators with a guide to the steps they will need to take in order to obtain and comply with their Permit.

PG & SG Notes

The Process and Sector Guidance notes identify what is deemed to constitute Best Available Techniques for preventing or minimising pollution for any given regulated industrial sector and the timescales by which operators must employ these techniques. PG notes relate to LA-PPC installations, SG Notes to LA-IPPC installations.

AQ Notes

These give ad hoc guidance to be used in specific situations and can include notification of amendments to the legislation, General Guidance Manual, and, PG and SG notes.

Fees and Charges

This gives details of all statutory fees payable under the Environmental Permitting Regime.

Risk Assessment

Details of the Risk Assessment Methodology for the LA-PPC and LA-IPPC regimes respectively. This is used to determine the annual Permit subsistence fee and the frequency of inspection any installation.


This is a free Government funded initiative which offers help and assistance in the form of published guidance, case studies, telephone helplines and site visits.


Groundwork Stoke on Trent employs a team of qualified IEMA (Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment) registered professionals with extensive experience on providing environmental business advice in the form of free or subsidised environmental training and consultancy to all types of businesses throughout Staffordshire.


The site provides guidance on how to comply with environmental law as well as advice on good environmental practice.

Rear pages of any Permit issued by the Department: These give advice to assist operators in complying with the condition of their Permit. Whilst these pages are included as guidance, it is the operator's responsibility to keep abreast of any amendments to guidance or legislation.

Contact Details:

You can call us Monday to Friday between 8.30am & 5.00pm on tel. (01782) 742590.

All correspondence should be sent to the following address:

Executive Director - Regeneration & Development, Newcastle under Lyme Borough Council, Civic Offices, Merrial Street, Newcastle under Lyme, Staffs, ST5 2AG.

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