PPC Environmental permitting

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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:

Permit application forms

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.

Which installations are regulated?

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

  • Vegetable matter drying processes;
  • Maggot breeding;
  • Sausage casings;
  • Fish meal processing;
  • Hide and skin processes;
  • Wet pet food manufacture;
  • Dry pet food manufacturing processes;
  • Animal feed compound;
  • Mushroom substrate manufacture;
  • Tobacco processes.

Combustion and incineration

  • Boilers and furnaces, 20 50 MW Net Rated Thermal Input;
  • Gas turbines, 20-50 MW Net Thermal Input;
  • Waste oil and recovered oil burners less than 0.4MW;
  • Waste oil or recovered oil burners, 0.4 3 MW Net Rated Thermal Input;
  • Compression ignition engines, 20 50 MW Net Rated Thermal Input;
  • Combustion of fuel manufactured from, or comprised from, solid waste in appliances;
  • Crematoria;
  • Animal carcass incineration.

Minerals sector

  • Blending, packing, loading, unloading and use of bulk cement;
  • Manufacture of heavy clay goods and refractory goods;
  • Lead glass, glass frit and enamel frit manufacturing processes;
  • Coal, coke, coal product and petroleum coke;
  • Polishing or etching glass or glass products using hydrofluoric acid;
  • Exfoliation of vermiculite and expansion of perlite;
  • Quarry processes;
  • Plaster processes;
  • Asbestos processes;
  • Lime processes;
  • Roadstone coating processes;
  • Mineral drying and cooling;
  • Mobile crushing and screening;
  • China and ball clay processes including the spray drying of ceramics;
  • Manufacture of timber and wood-based products;
  • Di-isocyanate processes.

Metals sector

  • Furnaces for the extraction of non-ferrous metal from scrap;
  • Hot dip galvanizing processes;
  • Electrical, crucible and reverberatory furnaces;
  • Iron, steel and non-ferrous metal foundry processes;
  • Hot and cold blast cupolas, and rotary furnaces;
  • Processes melting and producing aluminium and its alloys;
  • Processes melting and producing magnesium and its alloys;
  • Zinc and zinc alloy processes;
  • Copper and copper alloy processes;
  • Metal decontamination processes;
  • Surface treatment of metal processes;
  • Metal and other thermal spraying processes.

Organic chemicals sector

  • Fibre re-enforced plastics.

Petroleum and powder coating sector

  • Storage, unloading and loading petrol at terminals;
  • Unloading of petrol into sorage at petrol stations;
  • Manufacture of coating powder;
  • Powder coating including sherardizing and vitreous enamelling dry;
  • Bitumen and tar processes.

Solvents sector

  • Chemical treatment of timber and wood-based product;
  • Printing and coating of metal packaging;
  • Textile and fabric coating and finishing;
  • Coil coating;
  • Film coating;
  • Coating in drum manufacturing and reconditioning;
  • Printing;
  • Printing of flexible packaging;
  • Paper coating;
  • Paint application in vehicle manufacturing;
  • Leather finishing;
  • Coating of metal and plastic;
  • Vegetable oil extraction and fat and oil refining;
  • Rubber;
  • Adhesive coating including footwear manufacturing;
  • Wood coating;
  • Original coating of road vehicles and trailers;
  • Respraying of road vehicles;
  • Coating and recoating of aircraft and aircraft components;
  • Coating and recoating of rail vehicles;
  • Formulation and finishing of pharmaceutical products;
  • Manufacture of coating materials;
  • Surface cleaning;
  • Dry cleaning

Waste exemptions

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:

  1. Use;
  2. Treatment;
  3. Disposal;
  4. Storage.

To register please download, complete and return the form below:

Exempt Waste Operations

Fees and charges

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:

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Contact Details

Environmental Health,
Ipswich Borough Council,
3W Grafton House,
15-17 Russell Road,