Information to support the Environmental Permitting Regulations (EPR) permit reviews for Food, Drink and Milk Industries.

Closes 4 Dec 2023

Opened 11 May 2021


The Industrial Emissions Directive (IED) requires EPR permits to be reviewed within four years of publication of the relevant Best Available Techniques Reference Document (BRef) BAT conclusions. The Food, Drink and Milk Industries BRef was published on 4 December 2019.


The Environment Agency is currently issuing Regulation 61 notices under EPR to initiate the permit review process. Information to support the review is attached as follows below:

FDM Permit review guidance and tools:

  • Overview – Permit review process and your Regulation 61 response
  • Food, Drink and Milk Industries BRef BAT Conclusions
  • FDM BRef Sector Specific BAT Conclusions Interpretation Guidance – UK Regulators Draft
  • UK Cross-cutting IED BATc Interpretation Guidance
  • Regulation 61 Notice Questions for FDM - ANIMAL FEED ONLY
  • Regulation 61 Notice Response Tool - ANIMAL FEED ONLY
  • Guidance for completion of Regulation 61 Notice Response Tool.

Additional resources for Regulation 61 Notice Completion:

  • Preparing for flooding – EA Guidance for EPR and COMAH Sites
  • Food and Drink Federation Climate Change Ready Adaptation Guidance
  • Baseline reporting  - Standalone guidance for FDM Permit Review
  • Trial H1 Software Tool User Guide
  • Trial H1 Software Tool

Additional relevant “secondary” BRef information - Large Combustion Plant (LCP) (Only relevant to sites which operate Large Combustion Plant as defined by Articles 28 and 29 of the IED):

  • LCP BAT Conclusions Interpretation Guidance
  • LCP list of ELV options for boilers
  • LCP list of ELV options for gas turbines
  • LCP JEP Report on BAT 9 Fuel Characterisation

Additional relevant “secondary” BRef information – Waste Treatment (Only relevant to sites which operate Anaerobic Digestion Plant):

  • Waste Treatment Bref BAT Conclusions


If you have any queries about the permit review, please contact us by email at

Please submit Regulation 61 email responses to our Permitting and Support Centre at



  • Anyone from any background


  • Business and industry