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Permitted agriculture (EPR/IPPC)

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The Environmental Permitting Regulations (EPR), formerly the Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) Directive, aims to reduce pollution from industrial activity by controlling emissions. Indoor pig keepers with more than 2000 finishing pig places (above 30 kg) or 750 sow places (including served gilts) at a site are required to obtain a permit from the Environment Agency (EA).

Note: The format of the permits has not altered, although the application, variation and surrender forms have.

Minimum standards

Permitted sites are required to adopt minimum standards of management practice and ‘best available techniques’ (BAT) for their production processes.

The BAT Reference document (BREF) describes management practices, housing systems and techniques that minimise emissions and environmental impact. These techniques have to be employed when planning new pig housing and slurry storage facilities on permitted installations. 

The government also provides guidance on how to comply with your environmental permit for intensive agriculture. 

Applying for a permit 

EPR model application templates

Environmental Permitting Regulations (EPR) model templates have been provided by AHDB Pork for producers to adapt for their own EPR applications. While they’re not a ‘gold-plated standard,’ they can help producers to achieve a good application in a timely and cost-efficient manner. 

The templates correspond to the new Environment Agency Forms version B3.5. 

For more information on how to apply for an environmental permit, click here. 

Variations to a permit
Once producers have a permit, if they want to change anything, such as putting up a new shed or altering drains, they will need to apply for a variation.