The operator of a listed installation must apply for a permit. They pay a fee for doing so, to cover our costs.
We consider the application and consult relevant members of the public and other organisations to decide whether or not to approve it.
If we issue a permit, it must include conditions. These conditions will say how pollution is to be minimised. If we refuse a permit, the business can appeal to the Government. Businesses can also appeal if they receive a permit but don't agree with the conditions.
Once a permit is issued, the operator must comply with the permit conditions. The operator must pay an annual charge which covers the costs of checking that the permit is complied with.
We rate most regulated installations as high, medium or low risk. This is based on two things:
- What the environmental impact would be if something went wrong;
- How reliable and effective the operator of the installation is.