Standard Rules Consultation No.21

Closes 31 Jan 2020

Opened 21 Oct 2019


We are proposing three new standard rule permits in preparation for possible changes to exemptions coming from Government's consultation on "Reducing crime at sites handling waste, and introducing fixed penalties for waste duty of care".

The Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2016 allow us to offer standard permits to reduce administrative burden on business whilst maintaining environmental standards. They are based on sets of standard rules that we can apply widely.

The proposed new standard rule sets are for operators of waste sites currently operating under exemptions;

  • T8: mechanically treating end-of-life tyres
  • T12: manually treating waste for mattress recycling
  • T4: preparatory treatments for paper, cardboard and plastic sorting and baling

The consultation includes three standard rule sets, associated generic risk assessment and the application and subsistence fees associated with the standard rules set. The new proposed standard rule sets are;

The consultation also includes revisions to three existing standard rule sets, we are proposing to add two new waste codes to SR2008 No12 and SR2008 No13. The proposed waste codes are;

  • 16 01 03 (end of life tyres)
  • 17 09 04 (mixed construction and demolition wastes other than those mentioned in 17 09 01, 17 09 02 and 17 09 03)

We are also proposing changes to SR2015 No18 including the acceptance and storage of intact waste vehicle catalytic converters,  removal of waste codes and amending a number of conditions, including the interpretation of waste motor vehicle.

We are also proposing to change the interpretation of waste motor vehicle in standard rule sets SR2008 No20, SR2011 No3, SR2012 No14, SR2015 No13 and SR2015 No17 (these links are to the current rule sets).

We welcome your views on the proposed changes that are relevant to you.

Why We Are Consulting

This consultation is your opportunity to comment on our proposals to introduce three new standard rule sets and the revisions to existing standard rule sets.

For more information on the charges and what a standard rules permit is, please see our consultation document.

Responding To The Consultation

Please click on the link below to answer the consultation questions. 

However, if you prefer, you can submit your response by email or post by downloading the response form (below) and sending it to:

Future Regulation - Permitting (Standard Rules Consultation)
Environment Agency
Horizon House
Deanery Road

Or email:


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