Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2016

The Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010 are to be updated to consolidate the various amendments made since its publication, as well as taking into account any revisions made to other legislation related to the subject.  This will ensure that they will be fully up to date legally, and that it is accurate with no omissions or errors.

DEFRA and the Welsh government have, in accordance with legal obligations, put this document out for consultation.  This 252 page document is available to download by clicking here.

So how does it affect you?

These Regulations extend to England and Wales only, so if you are in Northern Ireland or Scotland, then these regulations do not apply to you.

For the surface finishing industry, the regulations apply in respect of any waste operation, either direct or indirect release of substances into the air, water or land. This may be in relation to any waste chemicals produced during the surface coating and finishing process you carry out.

If you carry out any treatment to that waste, then you will need to apply for a permit from the Environment Agency or your Local Authority.  The exact definition of ‘treatment’ refers to waste that has a process applied to it, rather than it just being stored.


Are there any exemptions to this requirement?

There are, however, a number of exemptions to these regulations and if you are not sure whether you need a permit or not, you can find out by visiting www.gov.uk/environmental-permit-check-if-you-need-one.

What happens next?

The consultation closes on the 27th October 2015, so if you wish to submit any comments on this document, you will need to do it soon.

DEFRA and the Welsh government aim to lay the consolidated Regulations before Parliament and the National Assembly for Wales during the second half of 2016, with a view to them coming into force on 1 January 2017.

The SEA always works hard to protect the interests of both the industry and its members.  We have liased with both governmental parties on this consultation and have made the necessary representations.  We will ensure that our members are kept informed of any impact these regulations may have on the industry once they are published in 2016.  

If you would like further information, please telephone us on 0121 237 1123 or email us at info@sea.org.uk.