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Our charges

Find out what we charge, how and why we set charges and how to contact us for information or related queries

Changes for 2018-19

We are working to ensure our processes are efficient and we seek to minimise fees and charges as much as possible. As a result of our recent charging scheme consultation we have maintained charges at existing levels with the exception of the following changes which need to be introduced:

  • We are introducing a new upper tier for large hydropower schemes over 250kW
  • We are increasing our Pollution Incident Cost Recovery (PICR) hourly rate to £125

Information about our consultation is available on our website.

Charges for medium combustion plant and specified generators

Charges for new applications and annual subsistence charges for these permits are set out in the table below.

If you want to change (vary), transfer or surrender your medium combustion plant or specified generator permit before the first of April 2019, please contact us at to confirm the relevant charge.

Permit type

Application fee

Annual subsistence fee

Bespoke Specified generators

£4056 (with air quality modelling)


£1924 (without air quality modelling)


Bespoke MCP



Low risk MCP



Standby MCP



Backup MCP



SR2018 No. 1 to No. 6 and No. 8



SR2018 No. 7




Nuclear regulation in Wales

The Environment Agency carries out some nuclear regulation work at sites in Wales on behalf of NRW. The charges are part of NRW fees and charges however they are impacted on by the EA charging scheme. The EA have consulted separately on their fees and charges and published their 2018 charging scheme on their website.

Pollution incident and cost recovery (PICR)

We recover the costs of investigating pollution incidents. We are increasing our pollution incident cost recovery charge to £125 per hour in line with our standard hourly charge. The current hourly rate on which we base our cost recovery is £84 and has remained at this level for many years (pre-2010) whilst our cost base has increased.

Hydropower upper band

We are introducing a higher band for large hydropower schemes over 250kW to ensure full cost recovery. The larger schemes tend to be more complex and at a scale which requires greater technical input from NRW.

For schemes in the upper band we will apply a base charge of £1500 and cost recover time (using our standard hourly rate of £125) and materials where this is exceeded.

Our current charging schemes

This charging scheme covers the different types of operations that require a permit or consent under the Environmental Permitting Regulations including waste facilities, installations, mining waste operations, waste exemptions, mobile plant, water quality (discharges to water and groundwater), radioactive substances and flood risk activities.  It also covers other miscellaneous charges such as waste carriers, brokers and dealers, international waste shipments and producer responsibility.

Our charging schemes for 2018-19 are in place from 1 April 2018 until 31 March 2019 and cover the different activities that we regulate under various pieces of legislation.  Our charges are reviewed regularly and any changes consulted upon. 

Environmental permitting charges

We use OPRA to assess the risk to the environment from sites we regulate with environmental permits. If you’re applying for a new bespoke permit or changes to an existing bespoke permit, your fee will be based on the OPRA score for your site. The relevant OPRA spreadsheet(s) you will need to complete can be found below. A link to the relevant Environment Agency guidance on how to complete an OPRA spreadsheet, which we are continuing to follow, can also be found at the bottom of this webpage.

Abstraction charges

Charges for abstraction licences are set to cover the costs we incur in ensuring water resources are managed effectively. This also includes details on the Environmental Improvement Unit Charges (EIUC) which is zero for 2018/19.

We are maintaining the Standard Unit Charge (SUC) at the existing rate in 2018-19. We will however continue to review investment costs and recharge options for future years to ensure assets are maintained appropriately. This cost is recovered through the SUC and capital upgrades over the next few years will put pressure on this charge.

Other charges

Control of major accident hazards (COMAH) charges

These charges cover the costs of our regulation as part of the COMAH Competent Authority tasked with controlling Major Accident Hazards.  Natural Resources Wales, along with the Health and Safety Executive and the Office for Nuclear Regulation, form the COMAH Competent Authority in Wales.  We ensure that duty holders take all measures necessary to prevent major accidents and limit their consequences for human health and the environment.

We raise charges to recover our costs incurred in carrying out the functions of the COMAH 2015 Regulations based on a time and materials approach.  We raise invoices within 30 days of 31 March and 30 September each year at a charge out rate of £125 per inspector hour unless otherwise stated.

The fees payable by operators to the Competent Authority are laid out in Regulation 28 of the COMAH 2015 Regulations. This means that the COMAH Competent Authority may charge for the discharge of any function conferred by the COMAH 2015 Regulations with the exception of:

  1. any criminal investigation or prosecution incurred, in either case, from the date any summons is obtained from a Magistrates Court
  2. functions of the competent authority related to preparation of External Emergency Plans under Regulation 13

CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme

Natural Resources Wales is responsible for auditing, compliance and enforcement of CRC participants in Wales. We raise charges to recover the costs of this work, which includes contributing to the maintenance of UK-wide systems such as the CRC Registry.

EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) charges

All EU ETS regulation, compliance, enforcement, auditing and permitting activities (including new permits, variations, surrenders, revocations, notifications, activity/capacity changes and new entrants reserve applications) for sites in Wales are carried out by Natural Resources Wales. We raise charges to recover the costs of this work, which includes contributing to the maintenance of UK-wide systems such as the UK Registry and ETSWAP.

Reservoir safety

The Reservoirs Act 1975 seeks to protect people, property and infrastructure by reducing the risk of flooding caused by dam or reservoir failure. It is our duty to ensure owners and operators of large raised reservoirs manage them appropriately.

We recover a portion of our costs through initial registration fees, this includes the cost of determining the level of risk attributable to the reservoir. The additional work we do to monitor high risk reservoirs is recovered through annual charges on the owners or operators of reservoirs. More information is available on our website.

Charging for information

Find out more about the information we provide for free and what we charge for.

Fisheries charges

Find out more about our charges for:

Important changes to electronic payments

If you want to pay for your permit or licence application by electronic transfer please use the information below to make your payment.

Company name:           Natural Resources Wales          
Company address:       Income Department, PO BOX 663, Cardiff, CF24 0TP    
Bank:                              RBS    
Address:                         National Westminster Bank Plc, 2 ½ Devonshire Square, London, EC2M 4BA
Sort code:                      60-70-80          
Account number:          10014438

Details given in your permit/ licence application forms may have changed since it was issued. We will update our forms as soon as possible, but please use the information below when making electronic payments from now on.

Making payments from outside the UK
These details have changed. If you are making your payment from outside the United Kingdom (which must be received in sterling), our IBAN number is GB70 NWBK6070 8010 014438 and our SWIFT/BIC number is NWBKGB2L.

Send us your payment details by email
Please email your payment details and payment type details (such as ‘Waste Variation’ or ‘Water Quality New’) to or

You must include your company name and invoice number. Where possible, please also submit a remittance advice. This will ensure accurate processing of your payment.

You should still include the BACS payment reference on the application form itself.
If you do not quote your payment reference number, there may be a delay in processing your payment and application.

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