Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland

Does your vehicle repair business require a PPC permit?

Does your vehicle repair business business require a PPC permit?

Your business may require a pollution prevention and control (PPC) permit from your environmental regulator or local council. For example, you will need a permit if your business has a production capacity above a certain level or if you use certain hazardous substances.

If your business is an installation or mobile plant you will need a pollution prevention and control (PPC) permit from your environmental regulator.

An installation is a stationary technical unit, such as a self-contained building, permanent structure or fixed plant, used for listed activities.

A mobile plant is plant that can be moved and is used for listed activities.

Listed activities

These are industrial, waste or intensive farming activities that have an impact on the environment and are listed in the PPC regulations. They are split into categories:

  • Part A, B and C in Northern Ireland
  • Part A and B in Scotland

Listed activities that might be carried out by vehicle repair businesses include:

 

Permit Categories

Listed activity

Northern Ireland

Scotland

using more than 150kg per hour or 200 tonnes per year of organic solvents while surface treating (eg painting or cleaning) substances, objects or products

Part A

Part A

repainting or respraying road vehicles or parts of road vehicles and using two tonnes or more of organic solvent in any 12-month period

 

Part B

repainting or respraying road vehicles or parts of road vehicles and using one tonne or more of organic solvent in any 12-month period

Part C

 

loading or unloading petrol at a terminal into or from road or rail tankers

Part C

Part B

unloading petrol into stationary storage tanks at a service station, if the total quantity unloaded is likely to be 500m3 or more in any 12-month period.

Part C

Part B

400 tonnes or more of paint or other coating material which is applied in solid form

Part B

N/A

400 tonnes or more of any metal coating which is sprayed on in molten form

Part B

N/A

20 tonnes or more of paint or other coating material which is applied in solid form

N/A

Part B

20 tonnes or more of any metal coating which is sprayed on in molten form

N/A

Part B

 

What you must do

If your installation or mobile plant carries out listed activities you will need a permit from your environmental regulator.

Permits and regulators for listed activities

Activity category

Northern Ireland

Scotland

Part A

PPC permit regulated by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA)

PPC permit regulated by SEPA

Part B

PPC permit regulated the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA)

PPC permit regulated by SEPA

Part C

PPC permit regulated by local council

N/A

 

Contact your environmental regulator

You should contact your environmental regulator or local council for further information about listed activities. NetRegs does not provide detailed guidance on Part A activities.

If you are unsure whether you are affected by PPC, contact your environmental regulator or local council.

Contact your environmental regulator

Contact your local council

How to apply for a permit

NIEA: Apply online

SEPA: Application forms

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Permits

NIEA - Apply online

SEPA - Application forms