Surrendering an authorisation

You can process and determine a surrender application for an authorisation following cessation of the activity, or a change of location.

This process can range from a simple notification to a full site review and remediation activities. Surrender may be whole or partial depending on the regime. Surrendering a licence means you will no longer have to pay any charges or subsistence fees for your activity. Before embarking on any application process, we strongly advise that you contact us.

This should help you get your application right first time and raise issues early, ultimately saving you time and money.

Complete or partial surrender of an authorisation

Before you make your application to surrender an authorisation, please be ready to give details of when the activity stopped or is planned to stop.

You may also have to provide additional site-specific information as required and evidence of any site investigations, where appropriate.

Specific application forms relevant to your proposed activity are available on our website. However, we strongly advise that you contact us first.

We are allowed set periods of time to respond to an application to surrender an authorisation, as detailed in the table below.

This table covers the authorisations we issue most commonly: however, please note that this is not exhaustive, as it does not detail all of the regimes that require authorisations from us.

If the authorisation you would like to surrender is not featured here, please contact us.

Authorisation

Decision-making time allowed

Notes

Waste management licence 3 months (or longer if agreed) If no decision has been made by us during the period allowed, your application has been rejected
CAR licence 2 months (or longer if agreed) You must notify us within seven days of your activity’s cessation
CAR registration None specified in legislation You must notify us within seven days of your activity’s cessation
Waste carrier registration None specified in legislation You must notify us in writing if you wish to surrender the Registration
Pollution Prevention and Control (PPC) permit Part A 3 months (or longer if agreed) If no decision has been made by us during the period allowed, your application has been rejected, but only if you notify us in writing that you treat the application as refused
Pollution Prevention and Control (PPC) permit Part B Not applicable You must notify us of a surrender at least 28 days before the date you intend the surrender to take effect.
Greenhouse gas permit 2 months We have no opportunity to extend the deadline permitted and must respond to you within the agreed deadline
Radioactive substances registration cancellation 4 months If no decision has been made by us during the period allowed, the application will be deemed refused unless an extension has been agreed
Radioactive substances non-nuclear authorisation revocation 4 months If no decision has been made by us during the period allowed, the application will be deemed refused unless an extension has been agreed
Radioactive substances nuclear authorisation revocation No set time period