Under new procedures “simple” exempt activities can now be registered by calling the National Customer Contact Centre on 08708 506506. Trained advisors will provide basic advice and offer the option of registering by phone, email or using a two page form. An online web based system will also be introduced in the future. More complex exemptions, including all chargeable exemptions, will continue to be dealt with by local Area staff who have to undertake a site specific risk assessment.
“Fixed licences” are now available for the most popular waste activities (such as transfer stations and compost activities). Working plans or site specific risk assessments are no longer required. The application form is simpler and licences are slightly cheaper and quicker to obtain, particularly if planning permission is already in place. Applications should be made locally in the same way as previously.
Fixed licences will not be subject to change. Variations in operations may require a bespoke licence, as at present.
Environment Agency, April 2006