Industrial pollution

All industrial processes have the potential to release pollution to land, air and water. This pollution can pose a health risk to people as well as damaging the environment.

To prevent this, industrial processes are tightly regulated in order to minimise, and to manage, their environmental impacts. This regulatory regime is known as "environmental permitting", it has previously been known as integrated pollution prevention and control (IPPC) and pollution prevention and control (IPC).

It is an offence for any person/company to operate a permitted (prescribed) activity without a valid permit. The regulatory responsibility for this permitting regime is split between us and the Environment Agency.

Part A1 industrial processes

The Environment Agency regulates large-scale and more polluting industries such as fuel and power stations, metal production and processing, mineral industries,chemical industries, waste landfill sites and other industries such as paper, pulp and board manufacturing and tar and bitumen activities. There are currently four such A1 processes within the Wycombe district:

  • waste composting at High Heavens waste treatment facility
  • metal recycling at High Heavens waste treatment facility
  • landfill at Little Marlow landfill site
  • biofuel production at Abbey Barn Farm

Apply for a part A1 permit

Part A2 industrial processes

We regulate the medium risk industrial processes (previously known as IPPC) in terms of controlling emissions to air, land and water as well as noise, vibration, odour, waste disposal and energy efficiency. A2 processes include foundries, glass making, galvanising, rendering,animal carcass incineration, ceramics and roadstone coating. There are no A2 processes within the Wycombe District.

Part A2 permit fee

The fee for a part A2 environmental permit is £3,181.

Apply for a part A2 permit

You can pay, apply for and change a permit at GOV.UK:

Part B industrial processes

We regulate the lower risk industrial processes (Part B activities - previously known as IPC) in terms of controlling emissions to air. Part B processes include petrol stations, vehicle re-sprayers, small waste oil burners and dry cleaners. There are currently 60 Part B processes within the Wycombe District. See document link below for a complete list of these 60 processes.

Apply for a part B permit

The fee for this permit depends on the information you supply with your application.

You can apply for a permit online  at GOV.UK:

Annual subsistence charge

You can pay for your annual subsistence charge at GOV.UK:

Failed application redress

  • Please contact us in the first instance.

An applicant who is refused an environmental permit may appeal to the appropriate authority. In England the appropriate authority is the Secretary of State. Appeals must be lodged no later than six months from the date of the decision.

Licence holder redress

  • Please contact us in the first instance.

If an application to vary, transfer or surrender an environmental permit has been refused or if the applicant objects to conditions imposed on the environmental permit they may appeal to the appropriate authority.

Appeals must be lodged in relation to a regulator initiated variation, a suspension notice or an enforcement notice, not later than two months from the date of the variation or notice and in any other case not later than six months from the date of the decision.

Consumer complaint

We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the trader by you - preferably in the form of a letter (with proof of delivery).  If that has not worked, see GOV.UK: Consumer rights (external website) for advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre (external website).

Other redress

Compensation may be payable in relation to conditions affecting certain interests in land.

Contact information

  • Telephone: 01494 412 247