Proposed changes to Environment Agency charging schemes for 2018/23 (E)

Proposed changes to the ways in which the Environment Agency charges for the licensing, permitting, advisory and regulatory services it will provide between 2018 and 2023 are set out in a consultation seeking feedback that will

  1. help it understand businesses’ views of the potential impacts and benefits
  2. generate suggestions on how the proposals can be improved

The proposals have been developed through a Strategic Review of Charges undertaken by the Agency to help it determine how to ensure charges work better for businesses and are more closely linked to the cost of regulation.

The proposed charges cover

  • Environmental Permitting Regulations 2016
  • radioactive substances regulation nuclear and non-nuclear permits
  • marine licences
  • Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations 2013
  • Control of Major Accident Hazard Regulations 2015
  • European Union Emissions Trading System
  • definition of waste services
  • planning advice

Major changes include the proposed simplification of the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2016 (EPR), which cover waste, water discharges and installations. In addition to introducing a common method of calculating charges for customers across the different regimes covered by the regulations, a ‘time and materials’ based system of calculating charges is proposed where activities are above expected levels or where customers ask for advice and guidance.

Proposed changes to other charging regimes also focus on recovering the Agency’s costs and will lead to increases for some regulated businesses.

The consultation additionally seeks views on the principles that should be followed when it reviews its navigation charges in 2018 and sets out its ‘plans and aspirations’ for future changes to the abstraction regime.

‘Environment Agency charge proposals from April 2018’ links to the main consultation document and 23 supporting documents – including ‘Clarifications and Corrections (08 December 2017)’ which provides correct interpretations where necessary and is particularly recommended by the Agency to customers in the Biowaste sector.


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