A review of biowaste permits to improve environmental outcomes - Call for evidence

Closed 20 Sep 2018

Opened 28 Jun 2018


We have a statutory duty to review and revise permits to ensure they remain fit for purpose. Later this year we will be conducting a detailed review of our biowaste permits with the aim of achieving better environmental outcomes. This call for evidence begins the process of our biowaste permit review.

Why your views matter

We want to ensure that any amendments we make to the permitting of biowaste facilities benefits society, reduces environmental risk, and are affordable. We want our permitting process and our compliance assessment to be meaningful, effective and consistent. We will use this call for evidence to gather views about our permitting framework and elements of our available guidance. We will use the responses to inform revisions to our permit conditions in autumn 2018, when we will give an opportunity for a further full consultation on any proposed changes.

A copy of the consultation document can be found in the Related section below.

Your views on proposed changes

At the same we're also consulting on a number of changes to existing standard rules on:

  • water discharges
  • materials recovery and recycling
  • waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE)
  • storage of electrical insulating oils
  • metal recovery / scrap metal
  • onshore oil and gas exploration and mining operation.

This consultation also asks for views on the clarification of wording with regards to distances from spring, well or borehole and the revocation of one existing standard rule.

The Standard rules consultation no.16 – revisions to rules consultation is open until 20 September and we welcome your views on the proposed changes that are relevant to you.


  • Operators
  • Trade associations and business
  • Other regulators
  • Members of the public
  • Community groups
  • Non-governmental organisations with an interest in environmental issues


  • Business and industry
  • Waste
  • Permits
  • Environmental permitting