Environment Agency charge proposals from April 2018

Closed 26 Jan 2018

Opened 30 Nov 2017

Results updated 9 May 2018

The new Charges Scheme has been approved by the Government and will launch on 1 April 2018.  The Consultation Response Document is available below and sets out where we have made changes to the proposals based on the consultation feedback we received.

For the navigation specific questions in the consultation, there is a separate response document available below. It summarises the responses we received to these questions and outlines our plans for the future of navigation charges.

We would like to thank you for taking part in the consultation.



This consultation is seeking your views on the charge proposals which we have developed to take effect in England in April 2018.  The new charge proposals cover:

  • Environmental Permitting Regulations 2016
  • Radioactive substances regulation nuclear and non-nuclear permits
  • Marine licences
  • Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations 2013
  • Control of Major Accident Hazard Regulations 2015
  • European Union Emissions Trading System
  • Definition of Waste Services
  • Planning advice

We also want your views on parts of our abstraction licensing amendments and longer term changes to the way we charge for navigation boat registrations.

We will not be publishing individual responses but will publish a consultation response document which will summarise key themes on the gov.uk website.  If you respond online and provide an email address, your response will be automatically acknowledged. 

Why your views matter

We would like your views so that we can understand the impacts and benefits, as you consider them, of the proposals outlined here.  We would also like to hear any suggestion on how we can improve these proposals.

We estimate that it will take you between 30 - 60 mins to complete this consultation.  If you choose to provide us with detailed responses then please allow longer than this. Please note it is not necessary to provide a response to every question.

If you provide us with your email address in the "Your Details" section you can save and return to the consultation at another time.

You will find supporting documents for this consultation below.  You will need to review these to inform your response. Please ensure you use the 'back' button after using these documents.


Corrections to the consultation documents

Customers and colleagues have identified some areas where the proposals could be clarified or where there are errors in the consultation documents. The document Clarifications and Corrections identifies those areas and sets out the correct interpretation, to assist our customers and staff in understanding the proposals. This will be of particular interest to customers in the Biowaste Sector. 

If you believe any other areas should be included here, please let us know by emailing us at enquiries@environment-agency.gov.uk

Please note the document was last updated on 18 January.

What happens next

Our consultation on “Environment Agency charge proposals from April 2018” has now closed and we would like to thank all those who took the time to respond.

We will now be analysing these responses and using them to help develop our final Scheme.  Our response to the consultation will be published in due course and it will be made available on this web page.

Thank you for your interest in this consultation, please use the contact details on this page if you would like to get in touch with us.


  • Environment Agency customers


  • Business and industry
  • Environmental permitting