Pollution from industrial and commercial activities

The council manages a contract for the regulation of air pollution from industrial and commercial activities in the London borough of Ealing. These activities are prescribed in law for local authority control under the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010 (as amended), known as the 'EP Regulations'.

Regulated facilities include dry cleaners, petrol filling stations, car re-spraying premises that use at least one tonne of organic solvent per year, ready-mixed concrete plants, a bulk cement depot, mobile concrete crushing and screening plant, a non-ferrous metal foundry, a timber mill and a textile printer.

Register of premises

The council maintains a public register of all installations in Ealing which may cause pollution, with details of applications, permits, notices, directions issued by the Secretary of State, appeal decisions and monitoring data. Only information of national security or commercial confidentially can be omitted from the register.

Read our list of environmental permits to find installations which may cause pollution.

To see details of a particular premises please contact the pollution technical team, email pollution-technical@ealing.gov.uk.

Permits and enforcement

Environmental permits are issued by the council on the condition that installations or mobile plant are operated using the best available techniques to prevent and minimise emissions. The council will make regular inspections and take enforcement action as necessary to ensure that conditions are met. Process guidance notes from the Secretary of State are issued for the main categories of regulated activities. These include guidance on best available techniques from Defra for each type of polluting activity. Under the EP Regulations local authorities must keep up to date with developments in these techniques.

The council can issue legally enforceable notices to ensure that appropriate standards of control are met and raised in line with new techniques and new awareness of environmental risk. Powers are available to require an activity to be stopped if there is an imminent risk of serious environmental pollution Local authorities have powers of entry, inspection, sampling, investigation, and seizure of articles or substances in connection with their pollution control duties.

Ealing Council is responsible for controlling industries that may cause air pollution, known as Part B activities. Larger processes that can pollute air, water and land are regulated either by the council (Part A2 activities) or by the Environment Agency (Part A1 activities). All permits contain legally enforceable conditions to control the emission of pollutants.

New permits and enquiries

For new permits and enquiries about Part B and Part A2 installations and mobile plant in Ealing, please contact:

Planning enforcement and environment team, Ealing Council, Perceval House, 14/16 Uxbridge Road, London W5 2HL

Email pollution-technical@ealing.gov.uk