Standard Rules Permits for radioactive substances sites

Update: 31/03/2023 


Our permitting charges will remain at 2022-2023 rates until any new charging schemes are agreed.  


See details of the proposed charges we intend to implement for 2023-2024, subject to Ministerial approval. 

Before you apply

Our standard rules for radioactive substance sites are listed below. For each facility there is a set of rules, guidance on how to comply with the rules and a risk assessment.

We may place limits on the proximity of your activity to nature conservation sites or specify whether any point source emissions are allowed.

Applying for a standard permit saves you time and money. However, before you decide to apply you need to be aware of some important characteristics:

  • You cannot vary the rules and you have no right of appeal against them; 
  • If you want to change your operations so that a standard permit no longer works for your operation you will have to apply to change your permit to make it bespoke instead;
  • If there is a change in your local environment after your permit has been issued (for example due to a change in the definition of a groundwater source protection zone), you may need to upgrade the operation to a standard sufficient for the changed environment, or apply to change to a bespoke permit
  • For standard permit discharges to surface waters, the annual subsistence charge will start from the date the permit is issued. We recommended that you do not apply for a standard permit significantly ahead of when it is required unless you accept payment of these charges. There are currently no standard rules permits for sewage effluent to ground/groundwater

You should check if we are due to make any changes to the rules before you apply to make sure you will still be able to meet them when the changes are published. If not, you should consider applying for a bespoke permit.

A standard permit can include more than one set of rules, so you can have one permit for a number of facilities. For example, you could have one standard permit to operate a waste transfer station and a mining waste operation.

How to apply

On this page you’ll find an example standard rules permit as well as the application forms for a standard rules permit and the guidance notes to complete the application forms. You must fill in part A and F and complete part B1.

Help with your application

General enquiries email -

General enquiries number 0300 065 3000

Customer Service Centre
Natural Resources Wales
29 Newport Road
Cambria House
CF24 0TP.

Related document downloads

How to apply for an environmental permit (radioactive substances activity) Part RSR - A The EP-RSR form (general) and Part RSR-A–About you and your premises PDF [190.8 KB]
Application for an environmental permit Part RSR-B1 Standard facility PDF [171.2 KB]
How to apply for an environmental permit Part RSR-B1 Standard facility PDF [116.5 KB]
Standard rules SR2010No1 Category 5-Sealed radioactive sources PDF [392.7 KB]
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