All industrial processes have the potential to release pollution to land, air and water. This pollution can pose a health risk to people as well as damaging the environment. To prevent this, industrial processes are tightly regulated in order to minimise, and to manage, their environmental impacts.
This regulatory regime is known as 'Environmental permitting', it has previously been known as Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) and Pollution Prevention and Control (IPC).
It is an offence for any person/company to operate a permitted (prescribed) activity without a valid permit. The regulatory responsibility for this permitting regime is split between ourselves and the Environment Agency.
View a list of permitted sites and links to their operating permit.
View more guidance on environmental permits.