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Local Authority Integrated Pollution Prevention Control (LA-IPPC)

A2/Part B Permits

Some industrial installations have potential to cause pollution. The Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2016 (the "EP Regulations"). 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 Environmental Permitting regime requires that such processes have a Permit to operate.

There are currently three types of process classification:

  • A(1) installations, regulated by the Environment Agency;
  • A(2) installations, regulated by local authorities;
  • Part B installations, 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 perceived to have a greater potential to pollute than an A(2) installation. Part B installations would have the least potential to pollute. They 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. 


  • 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 follow the conditions of the permit. They will be subject to inspection to ensure this is the case.

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 website

Download a list of processes currently permitted by Cornwall Council.

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