Environmental Protection - Air Pollution

Local Authority Integrated Pollution Prevention Control (LA-IPPC)

A2/Part B Permits

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Some industrial installations have potential to cause pollution. The Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2007 (the "EP Regulations") were introduced under the Pollution Prevention and Control Act 1999 and this is the legislation that Environmental Protection Officers in Cornwall will use to permit and inspect these premises.

Officers from the Environmental Protection Team are responsible for dealing with the initial application and issuing the permit for these premises.

Permitted processes are those industrial activities that have a potential to cause pollution. The Pollution Prevention and Control regime requires that such processes must have a Permit to operate.

There are currently three types of process classification:

  • A(1) installations, which are regulated by the Environment Agency;
  • A(2) installations, which are regulated by local authorities;
  • Part B installations, also regulated by local authorities.

Cornwall Council is responsible for authorising and inspecting all A(2) and Part B installations within the District.

A(1) installations are generally perceived to have a greater potential to pollute the environment than an A(2) installation, and Part B installations would have the least potential to pollute and include activities such as vehicle re-spraying, furniture manufacture and unloading of petrol

Any person operating a process that requires a permit must submit an application, with the appropriate fee, to the appropriate area office of Cornwall Council.  After considering the application and conducting a site visit Cornwall Council will then decide whether to issue a permit. If one is issued, it will include conditions aimed at reducing and preventing pollution to acceptable levels.  The operator of the permitted installation must comply with the conditions of the permit and they will be subject to inspection to ensure this is the case.

There are no applications at present. 

It is an offence under section 38 of the above regulations to operate a process without the appropriate permit. A person guilty of such an offence shall be liable to a fine not exceeding £20,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months, or to both.  Any appeals should be made to the Secretary of State at the Planning Appeals Commission.

For more information and guidance on permitted processes visit the Department of Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) website

For more information on pollution prevention and control please contact the Environmental Protection Team by e-mail communityandenvironmentalprotection@cornwall.gov.uk or by calling 0300 1234 212.

Download a list of processes currently permitted by Cornwall Council if more information is required, please contact your local Environmental Protection Team on 0300 1234 212.