The burning of waste oil (which includes recovered oil) in an appliance with a rated thermal input of less than 3 Megawatts (MW) is subject to local authority control. Such an appliance, known as a Small Waste Oil Burner (SWOB), will require an Environmental Permit with the local authority, as the burning of waste oil can give rise to a number of pollutants including metals, sulphur dioxide and hydrogen chloride.
It is an offence to burn waste oil in an appliance without an Environmental Permit.
Waste oil burners of 3 MW or more are subject to control by the Environment Agency and not the Local Authority.
A SWOB requires a permit under the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010.
If you intend to operate a SWOB under 3 MW then you will need to contact your local authority for a permit. If a permit is granted then it will contain conditions imposed by the authority that must be complied with by law. Such conditions aim to ensure that pollution from a SWOB is minimised.
How much does it cost?
Fees are required for the application for a permit, annual subsistence of the permit and transfers of the permit. The fees normally change annually so for this year's fees please view the fee information.
When should you apply for a permit?
A permit must be obtained before you start to operate the SWOB. The Local Authority can take up to 3 months to process an application for a permit and so you must ensure that you allow enough time to obtain the permit before you to start operating. You should also contact the Local Authority Planning Department as planning permission may be required to erect the flue to service the SWOB.
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.
How do I apply?
You can apply by any of the following means:
Using our online application form You can chose to pay for the registration online, by sending a cheque to us or by paying in person at our offices atClaughton House, Blowers Green Road, Dudley, West Midlands DY2 8UZ.
Application Evaluation Process
Pre- application discussions between operators and regulators can help in improving the quality of the formal permit application and are therefore encouraged. The permit application must be made on the form provided, it must include all the information required by the form and it must be accompanied by the relevant fee.
If the application is correctly made and includes the relevant fee it will be “duly made” which means it has been accepted by the Council.
The permit application will not be duly made if for instance;
It has not been submitted on the correct form,
It does not adequately address a key point in the application,
The relevant fee does not accompany the permit 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.
Is there a public register available?
Dudley Council maintains a Public Register containing information on all the Permitted Activities within the borough. The full register is available for public viewing online on the Online Environmental Permit Register.
The online Public Consultation Register provides the facility for you to make your feedback online on applications for Environmental Permits and Applications For A Substantial Change to An Existing Permit under the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010.
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.
It is advisable to contact your trade association for advice about completing the permit application form and methodology for compliance with the legislation.