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Dry Cleaning Establishment Permit

Dry cleaners are subject to Local Authority control with regards to their emissions to the air. It is an offence to operate as a dry cleaner using organic solvents without applying for a Permit from their Local Authority under the provisions of the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010.

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 are reviewed 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 dry cleaning process. The Local Authority can take up to 3 months to process an application for a dry cleaning permit and so you ensure that you allow enough time to obtain the permit before you to start operating.

Eligibility Criteria

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?

Please download and complete the appropriate Word or PDF version of the application form first from the options below. Once done, submit your completed application form and other relevant documentation This service requires an online payment; you will be taken to the secure payment facility upon submission of this form.

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.

We aim to decide whether an application has been duly made within 10 working days of receipt.

How long will my application take to process?

A local authority should determine an application for a dry cleaners permit and within 3 months of the application being duly made.

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.

The charging scheme for fees specifies a higher than normal fee for applications made where an operator has been operating a listed activity unlawfully without a permit.

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 Planning Inspectorate who 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.

Trade Associations

It is advisable to contact your trade association for advice about completing the permit application form and methodology for compliance with the legislation.

Where can I get further information?

Please visit the DEFRA website for further information.

Fees and Charges

Further Guidance

Contact Details

Environmental Safety and Health People, Directorate, 3-5 St James's Road, Dudley, DY1 1HZ

Telephone 0300 555 2345 Monday to Friday, 8.45 am to 5.00 pm, closed weekends and Bank Holidays