Industrial air pollution

You must hold an environmental permit if you do industrial activities that have the potential to cause pollution.

You must apply to us for a permit if you wish to:

  • carry out Part A2 or Part B activities at an installation or with mobile plant

For waste and other activities that cause more significant pollution you will need a Part 1A permit from the Environment Agency.

Part A2 permits include processes such as:

  • refining gas
  • metal works for example producing iron or steel, casting ferrous metal, using forge hammers or applying fused metal coatings
  • melting non-ferrous metals
  • surface treating metals and plastic materials
  • grinding cement clinker or metallurgical slag
  • glass making
  • cellulose fibre reinforced calcium silicate board manufacturing
  • ceramics, including roof tiles and bricks
  • non-hazardous or animal waste incineration
  • manufacturing wood-based boards, for example plywood
  • new tyre manufacturing
  • disposing of or recycling animal carcasses or waste

Part B permits are for businesses that cause emissions to air and include processes such as:

  • vehicle respraying
  • furniture manufacture
  • dry cleaning
  • petrol service stations
  • concrete batching

You should already have any relevant planning permission before applying for a permit.

There is usually a public consultation period as part of the application process. We must allow members of the public and other consultees to make comments for or against the application. The length of the consultation depends on the application.

Once the consultation period ends, we will make any decision and will tell you in writing of our decision, due to the complex nature of these applications a decision can usually take up to 4 months.

In some instances, decisions may take longer but we would tell you if there was a delay.

We can choose to grant the permit with conditions or refuse the permit. If we do not grant the permit you can appeal.

You must pay us an annual fee each April, the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) set these fees and the fees vary for each activity and the level of risk posed by the activity. Below are the links to the relevant fees:

Part A2 fees

Part B fees

If you do not pay the annual fee, we may revoke the permit.

View register and applications

You can find the register of premises with environmental permits and view permit applications in progress on our online portal.

View register and permit applications

Apply for a permit

You’ll need to complete the relevant application form for the type of permit you need.

Below are application forms for the most common types of application. If you need help with choosing the correct form please email us at giving us more details on the type of business you need a permit for.

Types of application

Part A2 application form [docx] 102KB

Part B application - general [docx] 107KB

Part B application - dry cleaners [docx] 46KB

Part B application - service station [docx] 101KB

Part B application - vehicle respraying [docx] 78KB

As part of the application we may ask you to send us extra information which we detail within the application form.

You’ll need to return the form to us by post along with a cheque payment to

Arun District Council
Environmental Health
Maltravers Road
BN17 5LF

or you can email the application to us. You'll need to send the cheque for the attention for Joanne Lewis, Environmental Health.

Email the Environmental permit application


Appeal a decision

You can make an appeal to the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for the following reasons:

  • we refuse to:
    • grant you a permit
    • grant you a variation
    • grant a transfer
  • you disagree with any conditions we place on the permit

You must make any appeal to the Planning Inspectorate within 6 months of the date of our decision.

You must send your appeal to:

The Planning Inspectorate
Environment Team, Major & Specialist Casework
Room 4/04 Kite Wing
Temple Quay House
2 The Square
Temple Quay

Vary a permit

If you want to make changes to your permit you will need to apply for a variation.

There are 2 types of variation:

  • Substantial

    A substantial change is one which will affect either the environment or local community

    Accordion end
  • non-substantial

There is a fee for a substantial change and your application will need to go through a public consultation.

You’ll need to complete the application form and return this to us with any relevant fee.

Part A2 variation form [docx] 94KB
Part B variation form [docx] 101K

Send the application and any fee to

Arun District Council
Environmental Health
Maltravers Road
BN17 5LF

Transfer a permit

If the business owner changes then you must transfer the permit to the new owners.

It is an offence not to transfer a permit and may result in a fine and or imprisonment for up to 5 years.

You will need to complete the relevant form below.

A2 transfer form [docx] 97KB
Part B transfer [docx] 96KB
Part B transfer - mobile plant [docx] 41KB

You are the legal permit holder until we agree you can give up the permit.

You’ll need to return the form to us by post along with a cheque payment to

Arun District Council
Environmental Health
Maltravers Road
BN17 5LF

or you can email the application to us. You’ll need to send the cheque for the attention of Joanne Lewis, Environmental Health.

Email the Environmental permit transfer

Make a complaint about industrial pollution

To make a complaint about industrial air pollution you’ll need to use our online portal.

After selecting the button below you’ll need to:

  1. Create an account if you do not already have one.
  2. Select requests.
  3. Select submit a request complaint.
  4. Select environmental protection – nuisance complaint in the request subject.
  5. Follow the onscreen instructions.

Make a complaint