Air quality law and permits

Notification for the full or partial surrender of your environmental permit

Licence summary

The environmental permitting regime is known as and referred to as Local Authority Pollution Prevention and Control (‘LAPPC’). Installations permitted under this regime are known as 'Part B’ installations. If you already have a permit and have ceased to operate, or intend to cease to operate your installation and wish to surrender the permit, you may apply to surrender the whole or part of your permit under the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010 ('the EP Regulations').

Eligibility criteria

Full guidance is available from the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Regulation summary

To view the legislation please follow the link to The Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2016 and refer to regulations 24 and 25.

Application evaluation process

The details of the process changes are reviewed to ensure that all the necessary information has been included in the transfer application.

The local authority officer will acknowledge the application and either seek further information from the applicant, or confirm that the application has been ‘duly made’

The full or partial surrender of your environmental permit should ideally be granted in 20 working days from the date of the application being ‘duly made’.

Please note that 'tacit consent' does not apply due to risk of environmental damage. If you have not heard from us within a reasonable period, please contact us

GDPR Data Privacy Notice

Southwark Council uses your personal data to process ‘Part B’ applications for a permit.  The Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2016 requires us to do this and we do not need your permission. If you do not provide us with the requested information, we cannot process your application. Operation of a Part B regulatory process without a permit is unlawful, and may lead to prosecution.

Your information will only be used by or regulatory services environmental protection team.  Your personal data will only be kept for as long as your permit is listed on the public register. However, formal cautions will be removed after 5 years, and details of convictions will be destroyed when the rehabilitation period for that sentence has ended.  This is in accordance with section 5 of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (as amended).

If you are concerned about how the Southwark Council is using your data, please contact our Data Protection Officer by email or telephone 020 7525 5000.

More information about your rights is available on our website or via the Information Commissioner.

Apply online

You can apply to surrender (partial or full) your environmental permit online.


Under the environmental permitting regulations operators of industrial processes there is no associated fee with the surrender of their permit.

Failed applications redress and complaints

If an application to surrender an environmental permit has been refused they may appeal to the Secretary of State. Appeals must be lodged no later than six months from the date of the decision.

In the event of a complaint please contact us - preferably in the form of a written submission (with proof of delivery).

If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK, Citizens Advice will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.

Compensation maybe payable in relation to conditions affecting certain interests in land.

Further information


A record is kept of all surrendered Part B permits issued within Southwark. The information is public and anyone can view the public registers by appointment. Please contact us to arrange this.

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Page last updated: 02 August 2022


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