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Consultation on Changes to specified Standard Rules Permits

The Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010 (“EP Regulations”) allow us to offer standard permits, to reduce the administrative burden on business while maintaining environmental standards. They are based on sets of standard rules that we can apply widely in England and Wales. The rules are developed using assessments of the environmental risk posed by the activity


The rules take considerable time, resources and consultation to develop but once in place they make applying and determining the applications comparatively easy. This is because there is no need for a site-specific risk assessment. 

We are consulting on a number of changes for 12 existing rule sets brought about by the introduction of the Industrial Emissions Directive. These amendments will allow existing permit holders to continue to operate under their existing permits without the need to apply for a new bespoke permit.

The proposed changes if agreed, will apply to existing permits and new applications.

The proposal is set out in detail in the consultation document.

Related document downloads

Standard Rules 2012 No 3 Composting in closed systems PDF [226.6 KB]
Standard Rules 2012 No 7 Composting in open systems PDF [204.2 KB]
Standard Rules 2012 No 10 On-farm anaerobic digestion facility using farm wastes only, including use of the resultant biogas PDF [313.9 KB]
Standard Rules Consultation No.12 Industrial Emissions Directive Standard rules for the Environmental Permitting Regulations (Spring 2015) PDF [336.7 KB]
Standard rules SR2009 No2 Low Impact Part A Installation PDF [256.6 KB]
Standard rules SR2009 No3 Low Impact Part A Installation for the production of Biodiesel PDF [303.2 KB]
Standard rules SR2012 No4 Composting in closed systems PDF [292.7 KB]
Standard rules SR2012 No8 - Composting in open systems Part A installation – treatment capacity more than 75 tonnes per day PDF [269.0 KB]
Standard Rules 2012 No 12 – Anaerobic digestion facility including use of the resultant biogas Waste Operation – treatment capacity no more than 100 tonnes per day PDF [348.4 KB]
Standard rules SR2012 No13 Treatment of Incinerator Bottom Ash (IBA) PDF [253.9 KB]

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