Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) - guidance and application forms

Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) is a regulatory system that employs an integrated approach to control the environmental impacts of certain industrial activities.

Horizontal guidance

Below is a list of The Horizontal Guidance documents, published jointly by the Environment Agency (EA), the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and NIEA (previously Environment and Heritage Service), which provide useful references when putting together a Pollution Prevention and Control (PPC) application for a Part A Permit.

Noise guidance

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).

Odour guidance

Sectoral guidance

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’

Other guidance

Slaughtering and red meat processing sector

The presentation from the sector meeting held on the 13 March 2013 is available below.

Rendering sector

The presentations from the sector meeting held on the 23 May 2013 are now available to download below.

Timber sector

The presentations and guidance from the sector meeting are available below.

Waste incineration sector

Part B sectoral guidance

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.

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.

Sectoral guidance

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:

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

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