The Environmental Protection Team of the Council has the responsibility for regulating certain industrial activities. The Environmental Permitting Regulations 2010 specify the types of operation which must apply for a permit. Most permits are "Part B" permits and only regulate emissions to air. But some permits are "A2" and in addition to emissions to air regulate noise, water pollution, land contamination, energy usage and accident prevention, although this tends only to be for a few of the larger industrial sites.
The Environment Agency regulates the larger or more complex industries, which are known as "A1" installations.
Do I need a permit?
If your process is prescribed within the Environmental Permitting Regulations 2010 then you will need to apply for a permit. If your process is a "Part B" or "A2" then you must apply to this Council. If it is an "A1" activity then you must apply to the Environment Agency.
How do I apply for a permit?
It is recommended to contact us before applying for a permit as we will be able to assist you in what can be a complicated procedure.
Your application must be accompanied by then correct fee for it to be "duly made". Without this correct payment then your application will be returned to you. Please see the attached document for this years fees.
You may download the standard application forms shown below and email them or post them to us at Gloucester City Council, Environmental Protection Service, Herbert Warehouse, The Docks, Gloucester, GL1 2EQ.
What conditions will be in the permit?
The permit conditions will be drafted based upon government guidance and having regard to the specific circumstances of your activity. In most cases draft permits will be provided to operators for comment as part of the application process. But petrol stations and other small activities with simple "standard" permits are frequently not consulted in this way.
How long does the permit last?
Once your permit has been issued, it will continue to be in force until surrendered by the operator or revoked by the Council. There are several reasons why a council might revoke a permit. These include: non payment of annual subsistence fees; the holder of the permit is no longer the operator of the activity; the activity has not been operated for a long time etc. A permit may be subject to a suspension notice if there is an imminent risk of serious pollution to the environment.
Who can I contact for further information?
Please contact a member of our Environmental Protection Team if you require further information. Tel: (01452) 396396 or email
Is there a register of permit holders?
A list of permit holders, sites and a summary of what can be found on the public register can be found here.