The Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2007 (the Regulations) were made recently and will come into force on 6 April 2008, ushering in a new environmental permitting regime within England and Wales.

The regulations seek to introduce a single, streamlined regime for environmental permits for regulated industrial facilities. This is achieved by amalgamating the existing waste management licensing and the pollution prevention and control regimes with the aim of reducing the administrative burden of regulation for operators.

For existing operations, current permits will automatically become environmental permits when the Regulations come into force. Post 1 April 2008, new facilities will require an environmental permit before operations can commence.