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Environmental permitting

Companies carrying out activities that could potentially cause emissions to air, land or water may need to hold an Environmental Permit under the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2007. If certain changes occur to the activity, or the company changes hands, then the permit may need to be varied or transferred. If the activity ceases, then the permit will need to be surrendered.

Check if you need an environmental permit and apply

Fees and charges

Fees will be payable for applications and conditions will be attached to all permits. There may also be a charge to vary, transfer or surrender an existing permit. Annual subsistence fees are payable each year; fees for the current year can be found on the DEFRA website.

How to apply 

Contact the Commercial regulation department at Bedford Borough Council for an application form for a permit, to tell us about a change to your existing circumstances or to pay an annual subsistence fee.

Current public consultations

New permit applications and variations involving a substantial change require public consultation. A substantial change is one where the change in the operation of an installation may have significant negative effects on human beings or the environment.  

MH Fleet solutions, Thurleigh Airfield business park, Thurleigh - substantial variation application (PDF). Public consultation 26 August to 25 September 2021.

Residents affected by, or have an interest in this application, can contact with any comments or to obtain information relating to the application. 

Contact Environmental Health


Environmental Health (Commercial regulation)
Bedford Borough Council
Borough Hall
Cauldwell Street
MK42 9AP

Current permit holders

View the current public register of permit holders (Excel, 10.5KB).