This regime is known as Local Authority Pollution Prevention and Control (LAPPC). Premises permitted under this regime are known as Part B installations and the processes that they carry out are permitted Part B activities.
Permitted activities are those industrial technologies that have a potential to cause pollution and a list can be found in Part 2 of Schedule 1 of the Environmental Permitting regulations 2010.
Part B activities are less polluting than Part A1 and A2 activities and include activities such as vehicle re-spraying, furniture manufacture and unloading of petrol. The Local Authority Pollution Prevention and Control (LAPPC) system deals only with air pollution unlike the Local Authority Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control, LA-IPPC system which looks at many environmental impacts.
Who regulates the activities?
Part B activities are regulated by local authorities. Dudley Council is responsible for permitting and inspecting all Part B activities within the borough. The operator of the prescribed activity must comply with the conditions of the permit and they will be subject to inspection to ensure this is the case.
Who needs a permit?
Anyone operating an activity that falls into the Part B category described above must submit an application, with the appropriate fee, to us. We must then determine the permit application in accordance with government guidance.
Only a person who has control over the operation of a regulated facility may obtain or hold an Environmental Permit. This person is the “operator”. A permit application may be made by an agent on behalf of the operator.
When do I need a permit?
If you wish to build a new installation you will need to apply and obtain a permit before you start operating the activity. We recommend that you contact us at the same time as considering the planning application.
How long will my application take to process?
A local authority should determine an application for an A2 installation and for all Part B installations except dry cleaners and small waste oil burners within 4 months of the application being duly made.
This time period of 4 months does not include any time taken for the request for additional information.
The time frame for dry cleaners and small waste oil burners is 3 months.
We will confirm that we have received your application. Please contact us if you have any queries using the details below.
Can I start to operate a permitted process without a permit being issued? (i.e. will tacit consent apply)
No. It is illegal to operate a permitted process without a permit being issued.
No new installation or substantial change to an existing installation may be operated without a permit or variation. It is an offence under EP regulation 38(1)(a) to operate a regulated facility without a permit and to the extent authorised by that permit.
In the event that new categories of activity are subsequently added by future amendments to the EP Regulations, those amendment Regulations are likely to include deadlines by which applications must be made for new and existing installations.
If you have not heard from us within a reasonable period, please contact us using the details at the bottom of the page.
Your Right of Appeal
Any person aggrieved by a refusal to be granted a permit or by any condition to which a permit is subject may appeal to the Magistrates Court and the Courts may give such directions regarding the permit or its conditions as it thinks proper.
Making a complaint
If you feel we have failed to provide you with good service or are concerned about the progress of your application, please contact us and we will endeavour to resolve any concerns you may have. We also have a formal complaints procedure.
DEFRA provides further information guidance on the policy and permitting procedures for activities subject to LA-IPPC and LAPPC under the Environmental Permitting Regulations 2010.