Industrial Emissions

Local Authority Integrated Pollution Prevention Control (LA-IPPC)

A2/Part B Permits 

Some industrial installations have potential to cause pollution. Environmental Protection Officers will use legislation to permit and inspect these premises. This legislation is the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2016. These are known as "EP Regulations".

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.

Application Evaluation Process

If, once you have made your application, we need further information then we will notify you. If you do not provide us with this information, then we will withdraw your application.

All applications for new permits are required to undergo a public consultation. (Exceptions include mobile plant, dry cleaners and petrol filling stations.) 

It is illegal to operate a permitted process before a permit has been granted.

The public are invited to comment on current applications for all permits (Part A2 and Part B).

Open consultations

There are currently no open consultations 


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