Permits and fees

How to apply for a permit

Firstly check if you need an environmental permit.

You can find the basic rules and if you qualify for an exemption on the GOV.UK (link opens in new window) website.

Apply for a permit

To apply for a permit, please contact the Environment Agency:

In England:

Environment Agency

Tel: 03708 506 506


Minicom: 03702 422 549

Hours: Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm

In Wales:

Natural Resources Wales

Tel: 03000 653 000


Hours: Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm

How long does it take?

A standard or bespoke permit application usually takes up to 3 months to be processed.

An application for an exemption usually takes 5 days to be processed.

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