Environmental permits

You must have an environmental permit from Watford Borough Council or the Environmental Agency if you operate a regulated facility within Watford.

A regulated facility includes:

  • installations or mobile plants carrying out listed activities
  • waste operations
  • waste mobile plant
  • mining waste operations

The permit you need depends on the activity. Common activities regulated by Watford Borough Council include:

  • dry cleaners
  • petrol stations
  • vehicle resprayers
  • concrete batching plant

Some small waste operations do not need a permit if they have a waste exemption certificate from the Environment Agency.

Fees may be payable upon application.

You can check if you need a permit and see further guidance on the gov.uk website.

Environmental Permit Application - Public Consultation

Under the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Permitting Regulations 2016 (as amended), the Council is required to consult the public on certain permit applications.

If you wish to comment on an application, please email your comments to healthandwellbeing@watford.gov.uk, quoting the reference provided below. Comments on the application must be made within the stipulated consultation period.

The consultation period is 30 working days.

Current Consultations

Public Consultation on an Application for a Part B Permit made under the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2016 (as amended).


Watford Borough Council has received an application from Prism Data Centre Solutions Ltd for a Part B Environmental Permit to operate an installation carrying out powder coating including sherardizing and vitreous enamelling at 13 Greenhill Crescent, Watford, WD18 8QU.

The Part B permit is applied for under Section 6.4 Part B (a) (i), which if granted, would be regulated by the Local Authority.

Activity description:

Applying dry coating powders to substrates, curing or fusing them thermally or by UV (ultraviolet), using more than 20 tonnes of coating powder in any period of 12 months.

Typical processes include:

  • Powder coating which uses organic powders;
  • Sherardizing, which uses zinc powder;
  • Vitreous enamelling (sometimes known as porcelain enamelling), which uses glass powders.

Reference: EPR/APP/PTB/PC/01/24

Date advertised: 30/05/2024 

Consultation closing date: 29/06/2024

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