Below is a list of The Horizontal Guidance documents, published jointly by the Environment Agency (EA), the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), Natural Resource Wales and Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA), which provide useful references when putting together a Pollution Prevention and Control (PPC) application for a Part A Permit.
- H1 BAT Assessment
- H2 Energy Efficiency
- H5 Site report Guidance and Template for New Applicants
- H7 Site Report
The old H3 guidance has been replaced in July 2021 by the noise and vibration management: environmental permits guidance, the guidance and additional information can be obtained from:
This guidance has been developed by all four UK regulators and is applicable in Northern Ireland and a downloadable pdf version can be obtained on the following link:
BS 4142: 2014 methods for rating and assessing industrial and commercial sound
NIEA require all submissions referring to BS 4142 to follow the 2014 standard. Part A installations with a history of noise complaint should note that any new assessments should be carried out in accordance with the 2014 standard, as it may significantly alter the impact (as compared to the BS 4142:1997 method).
The H4 odour guidance document which is applicable throughout the UK is available to download from:
Part A sectoral guidance
Part A sectoral guidance can be found on the Environment Agency website (link below). This guidance refers to the Environmental Permitting Regulations (EPR) rather than the Pollution Prevention and Control Regulations, however NIEA endorses the technical content for part A installations in Northern Ireland’
Part B sectoral guidance
- Statutory guidance for blending, packing, loading, unloading and use of cement
- Statutory guidance for quarry processes
- Statutory guidance for roadstone coating
- Statutory guidance for mineral drying and cooling
- Statutory guidance for mobile crushing and screening
Application forms for PPC(IE)
From the 7 January 2013, all applications for new Part A or Part B permits must now be made under the Pollution Prevention and Control (Industrial Emissions) Regulations (NI) 2013.
- PPC(IE) Part A Permit, Variation, Transfer and Surrender Application Form
- PPC(IE) Part B Permit, Variation and Transfer Application Form
- you can also use the Apply Online facility for both permits
Guidance for applicants for PPC(IE)
Please note that activities requiring a Part B PPC permit may also require a Waste Management Licence under the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997 and/or a consent to discharge under the terms of the Water (Northern Ireland) Order 1999. It is now possible to apply for these permissions in parallel.
Part C general guidance and process guidance notes
The general guidance manual issued by the Department is the main guidance on the local air pollution prevention and control permit system (LAPPC).
Process guidance notes
The process guidance notes below form official government guidance on the exact Best Available Techniques (BAT) for Part C installations (this includes amongst other things, dry cleaners, petrol stations and some car re-spraying yards).
Local Air Pollution Prevention and Control guidance
Guidance can be found by clicking the below links to access the following documents:
- general guidance - forms and notices for Part C Installations
- risk assessment scoresheet
- risk assessment spreadsheet
Part C process guidance notes
Process guidance notes for Part C activities prescribed under the Pollution Prevention and Control (Industrial Emissions Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2013 for control by district councils are reviwed on a UK wide basis.
They can be found online on the Local Authority Pollution Control guidance page of the DEFRA website.
These notes cover the following sectors:
- animal and vegetable processing sectors
- combustion and incineration
- minerals sector
- metals sector
- petroleum and powder coating sector
- solvents sector
If you would like any further information please contact the DAERA Chemicals and Industrial Pollution Policy (CIPP) Branch.