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Air Quality: Regulation of Pollution from Industrial Sources

The City Council is responsible for the regulation of certain industrial processes that have the potential to cause air pollution. We currently regulate approximately 230 processes across the city ranging from petrol service stations, vehicle refinishers, foundries, brick crushing businesses, surface coating and treatment, manufacturers of timber and rubber products through to car manufacturing plants. Officers in the Pollution Control Team work closely with industry to help improve environmental performance and to ensure compliance with regulations.

The Environmental Permitting Regulations 2010 specify which industrial processes are required to hold permits. Some permits are issued by the City Council whilst others are issued by the Environment Agency. Both regulatory bodies are required to report annually to the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on the nature and type of installations they regulate. Defra also provide information to allow the regulators to undertake this function and guidance can be found at:-

All regulated processes are required to pay an annual fee in line with the 'polluter pays' principle. The annual fees (known as subsistence fees) are set by Defra.

In order to operate a regulated process a company needs to apply for a permit. Processes holding permits are also required to apply for permission to make any substantial change to their process.

If you need to discuss any aspect of Environmental Permitting or view the public register, please contact us at:
Environmental Protection Unit
581 Tyburn Road
B24 9RX
Tel: 0121 303 9938
Fax: 0121 303 9901
E-mail: pollution.team@birmingham.gov.uk