Charges and risk
Anyone applying for a permit or operating under a permit must pay the relevant local authority an amount specified by Defra. The income from these application fees and subsistence charges is intended to recover local authorities’ costs in undertaking their regulatory functions. This is in line with the “polluter pays” principle.
Extension of Simplified Permitting
Simplified permits, and reduced fees, have been in place for several years for dry cleaners, petrol stations, small waste oil burners and vehicle refinishers. As part of the Review of Process Guidance (PG) Notes new model permits are being introduced with associated reduced fees. The latest batch covering the mineral sector was issued in September 2012 and the Part B Charging Scheme has been revised accordingly. See below;
- List of Charges 2013/14 (revised 3 April)
Also available are:
- Notification letter to local authorities 2013
- Part B (LAPPC) charging scheme 2013 (Revised 3 April)
- Part A(2) (LA-IPPC) charging scheme 2013 (Revised 28 March)
Small Waste Incineration Plant (SWIPs)
SWIPs are to be treated as equivalent to A(2)s for the purposes of charging and risk assessment unless covered by Part B of section 5.1 of Part 2 of Schedule 1 to the Environmental Permitting Regulations, in which case they are Part B activities.
In November 2012 Defra consulted on proposed charges for 2013/14.
See Summary of responses (February 2013)
Reduced charges: mothballing or reduced operating levels
Operators who want to retain their existing permit but have either temporarily mothballed their installation are operating at below the level at which a permit is required, can in specified circumstances ask for a reduced annual subsistence charge.
- Mothball Guidance (Updated March 2013)
- Declaration (Word 45 KB) (Amended 14 July 2009)
- Declaration (PDF 80 KB)
- Sample Letters (Word 30 KB)(Amended 14 July 2009)
Annual permit charges take account of risk. The methodology factors in the environmental impact of each installation and the operator performance. Lower risk installations are expected to need fewer inspections, although these will not be local authorities’ only chargeable activities.
Guidance on inspection frequency can be found in paragraphs 27.20-23 of Part A of the General Guidance Manual
Sample LAPPC score sheets have been kindly provided by local authority officers who have allowed us to make them available. Thanks to Claire Bell (formerly at South Bedfordshire), Richard Atherton (Shropshire), Tommy Moorhouse (Calderdale), Gerg Jambor (Birmingham) and Ann Mark (Barking and Dagenham).