There are currently three types of process classification:
Regulated by the Environment Agency - called IPPC
Regulated by local authorities - called LA-IPPC
Also regulated by local authorities - called LA-IPPC
There are a wide range of activities that must be controlled from Part A installations, such as emissions to land, water and air. In addition, energy efficiency, waste reduction, raw materials consumption, noise, vibration and accident prevention must be effectively controlled.
The permit for a Part B installation only covers emissions to air. Other emissions are likely to be controlled either by Sedgemoor DC under the Statutory Nuisance provisions of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 or by the Environment Agency.
There is a General Guidance Manual issued by Defra that contains detailed guidance on the the type, size, throughput of installations that need a permit. It covers the application process, compliance monitoring, and other issues such as variations and surrender. The Guidance is available here: Local Authority Pollution Control: general guidance manual
There are also a series of what is called Process Guidance Notes. These cover the various types of activities that require a permit, for example there is one on quarries, petrol stations, paint sprayers, cement plants etc.
You must have an environmental permit if you operate a regulated facility under the above legislation. Not all processes or installations are covered by the legislation as it is depends on the type and size of the operations being undertaken.
If you are uncertain whether you need to apply for a permit please contact the Pollution Team using the contact details at the bottom of this page, or check the legislation available at: The Environmental Permitting Regulations 2016 (as amended)
All processes are inspected regularly by Sedgemoor DC to ensure compliance. The frequency of inspection is governed by a method of risk based scoring prescribed by Defra.
The Legislation and associated documents can be viewed here: The Environmental Permitting Regulations 2016 (as amended)