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Industrial processes

Industrial processes

Some industrial techniques have potential to cause pollution. Since 1990 many of these processes have required an authorisation from the Environment Agency to operate, and they are also inspected annually. Some processes have the potential to cause only air pollution and for these operations the local authority is responsible for their inspection and regulation.

Authorised or "prescribed" processes are those industrial technologies that have a potential to cause pollution. The Environmental Protection Act 1990 requires that processes identified in the act, or by regulations made under the act, must have a permit (formerly authorisation) to operate.

There are currently two types of process classification. Part A processes were regulated by the Environment Agency while Part B processes are controlled by local authorities.

The council is responsible for authorising and inspecting all Part B processes within the district. Part B processes are those that have the potential to cause air pollution and include activities such as vehicle re-spraying, furniture manufacture and unloading of petrol.

Any person operating a process that requires an authorisation must submit an application, with a fee, to the local authority. The authority must then issue an authorisation in accordance with government guidance. The operator of the prescribed process must comply with the conditions of the authorisation and they will be subject to inspection to ensure this is the case.

Following the introduction of the Pollution Prevention and Control Act 1999, the system of authorisation is changing to meet the requirements of the European Directive on Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control. The new Act covers a wider range of industrial processes using A1 and A2 classifications. Local authorities control A2 processes. Those processes not covered by the European Directive but regulated as Part B processes will continue to be controlled under Local Air Pollution Prevention Control by local authorities.

Guidance is issued by the government to help both local authorities and industry.

  • Guidance notes
  • Standard licence conditions
  • Application forms
  • How to apply
  • Fees
  • Registers

For further information and to apply online, go to the Licensing page.

Environmental permit public register

We publish a public register of environmental permits that have been issued or applied for in our area:

Environmental Permit Public Register (pdf 67 KB)

Following the introduction of the Pollution Prevention and Control Act 1999, the system of authorisation is changing to meet the requirements of the European Directive on Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control. The new Act covers a wider range of industrial processes using A1 and A2 classifications. Local authorities control A2 processes. Those processes not covered by the European Directive but regulated as Part B processes will continue to be controlled under Local Air Pollution Prevention Control by local authorities.

Guidance is issued by the government to help both local authorities and industry.

  • Guidance notes
  • Standard licence conditions
  • Application forms
  • How to apply
  • Fees
  • Registers

For further information and to apply online, go to the Licensing page.

For further information you can also write to:

Environmental Services
Town Hall
Chesterfield
Derbyshire S40 1LP
General: Contact us online 

Or call the Environmental Health Officer on 01246 345 741. 

PID No: 708


Last updated on 02 August 2016