Environmental permitting and regulatory services

Environmental permitting and regulatory services

Environmental permitting and regulatory services for waste and resource management


We help our clients to understand the requirements of current and future environmental regulations that affect their business. This enables them to capitalise on opportunities, avoid unnecessary liabilities and protect their reputations.

As well as preparing and managing environmental permit applications on behalf of our clients, we also use our expert knowledge and experience of the environmental permitting regime and related regulatory controls for waste to provide expert opinion and advice to assist our clients with:

  • Compliance with permits and waste duty of care.
  • End-of-waste determinations.
  • Contractual disputes, legal cases, and regulatory due diligence. 

Support from an experienced team

Our experienced team includes permitting specialists with regulatory backgrounds gained from working for agencies and sponsored bodies of the UK Government (such as the Environment Agency and Natural Resources Wales). Team members continue to work closely with UK and European regulators, giving us a unique dual perspective and insight into regulatory policy and practices.

Expert opinion and regulatory advice

With detailed working knowledge and experience of the environmental permitting regime and related regulatory controls for waste, our experts can provide opinion and advice to assist clients with permit compliance, contractual disputes, legal cases, and regulatory due diligence to support the acquisition and sale of regulated waste facilities.

As permitting and regulatory specialists, we have detailed working knowledge of UK regulatory guidance covering a range of key policy areas, including: 

  • Waste incineration. 
  • Thermal treatment of waste.
  • Biological treatment of waste.
  • Permanent deposits of waste.
  • International waste shipments.
  • End of waste.
  • Quality protocols.
  • Use of waste in a deposit for recovery.
  • Duty of care.
  • Waste classification and hazardous waste.
  • Excavation waste.
  • Landfill tax.
  • Waste exemptions.
  • Operator competence (including environmental management systems).
  • Permit surrender (including for permanent deposits of waste).

Environmental permitting support

On behalf of clients, our permitting specialists use their detailed knowledge of the regulations and experience of dealing with regulators combined with a practical understanding of a range of waste operations and industrial installations, to prepare and manage complex, bespoke, permit applications, including new applications, transfers, variations, and permit surrenders.

In addition to the standard requirements applicable to all bespoke permit applications, our permitting team uses the wide range of in-house specialist environmental expertise (as well as a small, trusted network of established external specialists) for which we are well known, to offer a complete permitting service, which can include:

  • Odour management plans.
  • Dust management plans.
  • Noise impact assessment and management plans.
  • Fire prevention plans. 
  • Waste recovery plans.
  • Accident management plans.
  • Adapting to climate change risk assessments.
  • Best Available Technique (BAT) assessments.
  • CHP-Ready assessments.
  • Screening and detailed modelling for any proposed releases to air, water or deposits to land.

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Odour management
Air quality measurements
Energy and carbon management
Water resource management

Post-submission support

Our team provides valuable support to successfully navigate the ‘business critical’ post-submission stage of permit applications once submitted to a regulator. 

We help, as far as is possible, to ensure that submitted applications are ‘duly made’ by regulators in a timely manner. We also use skilful diplomacy when consulting and negotiating with regulators on behalf of clients.

We efficiently deal with Schedule 5 Notice requests for further information and review draft permits, which enables a client’s commercial needs and the requirements of regulations to be met. 

Statutory permit reviews for waste treatment

The waste treatment sector has been subject to statutory permit reviews following the publication of updated Best Available Technique (BAT) reference (BREF) and BAT conclusions for Waste Treatment in the Official Journal of the European Union on 17 August 2018. In addition to ensuring that the varied permits deliver compliance with relevant standards within 4 years of the publication of updated BAT conclusions, the scope of these permit reviews has also included some additional requirements relating to secondary containment and medium combustion plant. 

For some operators, this review has led to improvement conditions being included in their varied permits, which now require compliance by August 2022. We are working with a number of our clients in relation to such improvement condition requirements, including using the risk-assessment methodology described in CIRIA C736 (2014) to determine the required classification of secondary containment at permitted sites. We are also able to provide expertise on the permitting requirements for medium combustion plant and specified generators.

BAT support

Revised Best Available Technique (BAT) reference (BREF) and BAT conclusions were published by the EU for the food & drink and waste incineration sectors in 2019 and the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 ensure that the requirements of EU Directives referenced in the 2016 regulations continue to have effect in UK law. Therefore, the UK regulators will be shortly undertaking a statutory review of permits in these sectors. Operators in these sectors that require support to demonstrate compliance with the new emissions, monitoring, and efficiency standards may benefit from talking to our team to see how we can help.

Whilst the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 ensures that the existing BAT conclusions continue to have effect in UK law, it also provides powers for the Secretary of State to determine ‘Best Available Techniques’ within the UK following Brexit. As such, the UK Government and devolved administrations are now developing a new regime for BAT in the UK (UK BAT) and have recently consulted on ‘‘Best Available Techniques’– A future regime within the UK’. These further changes will undoubtably affect the standards that industries regulated under the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2016 (as amended) will be required to meet in the future – our team can advise on such matters.

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