Pollution control - Part B processes

Some industrial techniques have the potential to cause pollution. Some processes have the potential to cause only air pollution and for these operations the Borough of Poole are responsible for inspection and regulation of industries within Poole. We regulate these processes through the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2016.

Part B processes include activities such as:

  • vehicle respraying
  • petrol stations
  • waste oil burners
  • cement works
  • dry cleaners
  • printing
  • roadstone coating
  • mobile crushing
  • surface cleaning

Operators of processes that fall within the EP regulations must hold an environmental permit. The permit will specify conditions that the operator must comply with in order to operate the process. Both A(2) and Part B processes will be inspected by the local authority at regular intervals to ensure that the operator complies with the conditions of their permit.

Legislation covering industrial pollution

The Environmental Protection Act 1990 introduced responsibility for Local Air Pollution Control (LAPC) to all Local Authorities in England and Wales. LAPC and the Integrated Pollution Control (IPC) regime were replaced by the Pollution Prevention and Control (England and Wales) Regulations 2000 (the "PPC Regulations), introduced under the Pollution Prevention and Control Act 1999.

In 2008, the PPC Regulations were replaced by the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2007 (the "EP Regulations") bringing together the regulation of processes previously regulated by the Pollution Prevention and Control (PPC) Regulations and the Waste Management Licensing (WML) Regulations under one system. The current EP regulations came into force on 11 December 2016.

Industrial processes requiring permits

There are currently 3 types of process classification:

  • Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) covers processes known as A(1) installations which are regulated by the Environment Agency for emissions to air, land and water
  • Local Authority Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (LA-IPPC) covers processes known as A(2) installations which are regulated by Local Authorities for emissions to air, land and water
  • Local Authority Pollution Prevention and Control (LAPPC) covers processes known as Part B installations which are regulated by Local Authorities for emissions to air

The full list of processes requiring an Environmental Permit can be found in Schedule 1 of the EP Regulations.

How to apply for a part B environmental permit

Any person operating a process within Poole that requires an environmental permit must submit an application to us. To apply:

We are unable to accept this form by email because it must have a signature. Please print the form, sign it and return it to:

BCP Council - Regulatory Services  
Unit 1
Newfields Business Park
2 Stinsford Road
Poole
BH17 0NF

You are advised to refer to the DEFRA general guidance manual for further guidance on the application process for an environmental permit. The relevant DEFRA guidance note for your industry sector gives further advice on the emission limits and control techniques relevant to each industrial sector.

There may be a fee for the application which will be advised as we process your application. Further information on fees and charges relating to the EP regulations can be found on the DEFRA fees and charges page

Further information on the EP Regulations can be found on the DEFRA Environmental Permitting page and the Environment Agency environmental permitting page.

For further information, including to discuss whether your business requires a permit, please email environment@bcpcouncil.gov.uk.

Industrial Emissions Directive

In compliance with Article 55(3) of the Industrial Emissions Directive (2010/75/EU) the following site is a waste incineration or co-incineration plant with a nominal capacity of less than 2 tonnes per hour:

  • Operator: Syngas Products Ltd
  • Permit Reference: PO11 000002

Consultation on application for an environmental permit

BCP Council is seeking the views of local residents and any interested parties concerning the First MTR South Western Trains Limited application for an environmental permit for a Section 6.4 Coating, printing and textile treatments Part B (c) (iii). More information is available on our consultation page.

Page last updated: 29 April 2020
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