Do you need to apply for a permit or register a waste exemption

Check if there is an exemption for your waste activity or if you need a permit

Check if there is an exemption for your activity

Exemptions are for activities that don’t need a permit. Many of these need to be registered with us so we know they are taking place.

Most exemptions are free.

Find out how to check the list of waste exemptions and register an exemption with us.

Check if you can get a standard rules permit

Standard rules permits are a set of fixed rules for common activities. If you can meet the requirements you are entitled to have a standard permit.

They have fixed charges.

Check the waste standard rules.

How to apply for a bespoke permit

Bespoke permits are written specifically for your activity.

They take longer to process than standard permits so they tend to be more expensive.

If you can’t meet the requirements for an exemption or standard permit then you will need to apply for a bespoke permit.

Fees and charges

Read more about fees and charges in our environmental permitting charging scheme.

Get help with your application

We strongly advise you to have a pre-application discussion with us before preparing and submitting a permit application. This should help you get your permit application right first time and raise issues early, ultimately saving you time and money.

In these discussions we can give you advice on:

  • how to prepare your application
  • what guidance is available
  • what type of information you need to provide to show us that your proposals will protect the environment and will not harm human health

Get pre-application advice.

When you'll get your permit

We'll determine your application as soon as is practically possible. If your application for a permit is more complex because of other legislation or planning constraints, or we have particular concerns about the proposal then we may need to agree a different timescale with you.

We have to determine your application within the timescales set out in our customer charter.

What we do

It is our responsibility to:

  • assess every application for potential impacts
  • have regard to our aims and legal duties
  • listen to members of the public who may be affected by the proposals