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Monitoring Compliance for Minerals and Waste

On 6 April 2006, regulations came into force in England which allow mineral and waste planning authorities to charge a fee to operators for site visits to monitor compliance with planning permission.

We and our partner authorities visit minerals and waste sites sites to monitor them throughout the year and we charge operators to do this. Regular monitoring should:

  • Minimise the need for enforcement or other action;
  • Identify and avoid potential problems before they arise;
  • Encourage good practice rather than punish bad practice; and
  • Be developed as a means of regular liaison with operators and the public.

The maximum number of charged visits to any one site is eight in any 12 month period and additional site visit cannot be charged for. The fees, which are charged after the visit, are:

  • £311 per visit for active sites;
  • £110 per visit for inactive sites.

Minerals and Waste Compliance and Monitoring Guide

Non-fees visits for waste sites

Waste Planning Authorities are required to make sure that appropriate inspections are made for waste sites and those carrying out the disposal or recovery of waste.

Monitoring fees cannot be charged on non-landfill waste management developments, however these are monitored on a similar basis to minerals and landfill sites. Non-fee sites include facilities such as wastewater treatment works, scrapyards, composting sites, waste transfer stations and recycling activities. These sites are generally visited once a year unless there are known or ongoing issues which needed to be monitored more frequently.

In practice these inspections will be part of a regular inspection regime of monitoring compliance with a planning permission, or part of investigations into allegations of a breach of planning control. The main responsibility for inspection activity at waste sites remains with the Environment Agency, especially in respect of process control, pollution prevention and waste acceptance practice. The Waste Regulations introduce a parallel provision for monitoring the ‘planning aspects’ (e.g. conditions and controlling the use of the site).