What is Local Air Pollution Prevention and Control (LAPPC)?

LAPPC requires the regulation of certain industrial and commercial processes at risk of causing air pollution only. These are known as Part B Processes.

Any business involved in these regulated processes will need a Part B processes permit to operate legally.

Activities that need a Part B processes permit

Activities include:

  • dry cleaners
  • petrol stations
  • vehicle respraying

For a full list of activities that require a Part B Processes permit please visit GOV.UK - Defra guidance on Local Authority Pollution Control (LAPC) regime.

Apply for a Part B processes permit

For information on how to apply, including prices and what to include, see Local Air Pollution Prevention and Control - Part B processes permit

What is Local Authority Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (LA-IPPC)?

LA-IPPC requires the regulation of processes at risk of causing a range of potential pollution including:

  • land and water
  • energy efficiency
  • waste reduction
  • raw materials consumption
  • noise
  • vibration
  • heat accident prevention

Control over LA-IPPC processes is shared between the Environment Agency dealing with complex or nationally sensitive industries called A1 processes and ourselves with A2 processes.

Activities that need an A1 or A2 processes permit?

To find out what activities require an A1 or A2 Processes permit please visit GOV.UK - Defra guidance on Local Authority Pollution Control (LAPC) regime.

Apply for A1 or A2 processes permits

How do we regulate these processes?

Once permits have been issued, we ensure that processes comply with the permit conditions, through a program of regular inspections.

Each permit contains a range of conditions which regulate:

  • operational processes
  • level of environmental emissions
  • mandatory improvements to achieve national standards

Routine inspections are carried out and complaints are investigated to check for compliance. Enforcement action may be taken for failure to hold a permit or breaching the conditions we set. In severe cases this can lead to prosecution.