Ipswich Borough Council must, by law, regulate certain types of factory and other activities such as dry cleaners. This is to reduce any pollution they may cause and, in particular, to help improve air quality.
Businesses which operate these premises must have a permit. The Council decides whether or not to give a permit to an operator. The permit states the ways in which pollution is to be minimised.
In the law, the premises are known as 'installations'. Some are called 'Part B' and local authorities can only deal with air pollution from them. Additional sorts of pollution e.g noise and vibration, waste, water pollution are controlled at 'Part A2' installations. 'Part A1' installations are usually larger or more complex industries and are regulated by the Environment Agency.
All permitted installations are placed on a public register, which can be viewed below:
To apply for a Part B or Part A2 permit please complete and return the relevant application form:
The control of industrial emission is mainly achieved through the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2016.
The new Regulations are made under the Pollution Prevention and Control Act 1999.
The Part B system is known as Local Authority Pollution Prevention and Control (LAPPC). The A2 system is Local Authority Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (LA-IPPC).
The Regulations also implement some European Community Directives.
Regulations state exactly which installations need a permit. Please contact us to confirm whether you need a permit or not. It is a legal offence to operate a permitted installation without a permit.
If your installation comes under one of the following categories, you may require a permit.
Animal and vegetable processing sectors
Combustion and incineration
Organic chemicals sector
Petroleum and powder coating sector
A waste exemption is a very specific type of low risk waste handling operation that does not require a permit. New regulations changing waste exemptions were introduced on 6th April 2010. They affect the types of waste operation that are exempt and the rules which control them.
Registration of exemptions by Ipswich Borough Council is free and lasts for three years. To continue operating for longer than this you will need to renew your registration.
There are four categories of exemptions:
To register please download, complete and return the form below:
Under the 'polluter pays' principle the operators of industrial plant are levied a fee for their permits to operate. The scale of charges is set annually by DEFRA.
Ipswich Borough Council risk assesses all permitted installations on an annual basis. High risk installations pay more for their permits than medium or low risk installations. This approach allows the fees to reflect more accurately the regulatory effort and also provides a financial incentive to operate the installation to the highest possible standards.
This year's fees and charges are available to download below: