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General permit queries

No. It is illegal to operate a permitted process without a permit being issued.

No new installation or substantial change to an existing installation may be operated without a permit or variation. It is an offence under EP regulation 38(1)(a) to operate a regulated facility without a permit and to the extent authorised by that permit.

In the event that new categories of activity are subsequently added by future amendments to the EP Regulations, those amendment regulations are likely to include deadlines by which applications must be made for new and existing installations.

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  • Download the relevant application below.You can send us a completed and signed application form together with a cheque for the correct amount or bringing it to us in person at our offices.
  • Contacting us in writing, telephone or email.


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Local Authority Pollution Prevention and Control Part B Activities

This regime is known as Local Authority Pollution Prevention and Control (LAPPC). Premises permitted under this regime are known as Part B installations and the processes that they carry out are permitted Part B activities.

Permitted activities are those industrial technologies that have a potential to cause pollution and a list can be found in Part 2 of Schedule 1 of the Environmental Permitting regulations 2010.

Part B activities are less polluting than Part A1 and A2 Activities and include activities such as vehicle re-spraying, furniture manufacture and unloading of petrol. The Local Authority Pollution Prevention and Control (LAPPC) system deals only with air pollution, unlike the Local Authority Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control, LA-IPPC system which looks at many environmental impacts.

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Part B activities are regulated by local authorities. Wiltshire Council is responsible for permitting and inspecting all Part B activities within the County. The operator of the prescribed activity must comply with the conditions of the permit and they will be subject to inspection to ensure this is the case.

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Anyone operating an activity that falls into the Part B category described above must submit an application, with the appropriate fee, to us. We must then determine the permit application in accordance with government guidance.

Only a person who has control over the operation of a regulated facility may obtain or hold an Environmental Permit. This person is the “operator”. A permit application may be made by an agent on behalf of the operator.

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A local authority should determine an application for an A2 installation and for all Part B installations except dry cleaners and small waste oil burners within 4 months of the application being duly made.

This time period of 4 months does not include any time taken for the request for additional information.

The time frame for dry cleaners and small waste oil burners is 3 months.

We will confirm that we have received your application. Please contact us if you have any queries using the details below.

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Any person aggrieved by a refusal to be granted a permit or by any condition to which a permit is subject may appeal to the Magistrates Court and the Courts may give such directions regarding the permit or its conditions as it thinks proper.

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DEFRA provides further information guidance on the policy and permitting procedures for activities subject to LA-IPPC and LAPPC under the Environmental Permitting Regulations 2010.

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To surrender a Part B permit you must complete the relevant form by:

  • Downloading the surrender part B application form.  You can send us a completed and signed application form or bring it to us in person at our offices.
  • Contacting us in writing, telephone or email.

What happens when I submit the Part B surrender form?

  • If it is a full surrender the Permit ceases to have effect from the date notified by the operator
  • If it is a partial surrender and the council does not consider it necessary to vary any conditions as a result of the notification, the relevant part of the permit ceases to have effect on the date notified by the operator.
  • If it is a partial surrender and the Council consider it necessary to vary any conditions the council must serve a variation notice detailing the changes to be made to the permit conditions.

How much does it cost to surrender a Part B permit?

There is no charge to surrender a Part B permit in whole or in part.

If you require any guidance regarding the surrender or your permit please contact the Public Protection Team.

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Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control Part A2 Activities

This regime is known as Local Authority Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control, LA-IPPC.

Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control aims to make sure that particular industries consider the environment as a whole. LA-IPPC is designed to look at many environmental impacts and to control air, land and water pollution from A1 and A2 activities. The industries concerned are required to assess their use of resources including energy and their generation of waste with a view to the best environmental option.

The Environmental Agency control A1 activities, which concern more polluting and complex industries, e.g. power stations. Enquiries about A1 activities should be made to the Environment Agency.

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We undertake inspection and regulation of premises where part A2 activities, which have the potential to cause air pollution.

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Anyone operating an activity that falls into the A2 category described above must submit an application, with the appropriate fee, to us. We must then determine the permit in accordance with government guidance. If you wish to find out which activities require a permit, these can be found in part 2 of Schedule 1 of the Environmental Permitting regulations 2010.

Only a person who has control over the operation of a regulated facility may obtain or hold an Environmental Permit. This person is the “operator”. A permit application may be made by an agent on behalf of the operator.

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If you wish to build a new installation you will need to apply and obtain a permit before you start operating the activity. We recommend that you contact us at the same time as considering the planning application.

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Pre - application discussions between operators and regulators can help in improving the quality of the formal permit application and are therefore encouraged.

The permit application must be made on the form provided, it must include all the information required by the form and it must be accompanied by the relevant fee.

If the application is correctly made and includes the relevant fee it will be “duly made” which means it has been accepted by the Council.

The permit application will not be duly made if for instance;

  • It has not been submitted on the correct form,
  • It does not adequately address a key point in the application,
  • The relevant fee does not accompany the permit application.
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Part A2 activities are regulated by local authorities. Wiltshire Council is responsible for permitting and inspecting all Part A2 activities within the borough. The operator of the prescribed activity must comply with the conditions of the permit and they will be subject to inspection to ensure this is the case.

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DEFRA provides further information guidance on the policy and permitting procedures for activities subject to LA-IPPC and LAPPC under the Environmental Permitting Regulations 2010.

A local authority should determine an application for an A2 installation and for all Part B installations except dry cleaners and small waste oil burners within 4 months of the application being duly made.

This time period of 4 months does not include any time taken for the request for additional information.

The time frame for dry cleaners and small waste oil burners is 3 months.

We will confirm that we have received your application.

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Any person aggrieved by a refusal to be granted a permit or by any condition to which a permit is subject may appeal to the Magistrates Court and the Courts may give such directions regarding the permit or its conditions as it thinks proper.

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It is advisable to contact your trade association for advice about completing the permit application form and methodology for compliance with the legislation.

Please see the DEFRA website for further information.

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To surrender a Part A2 permit you must complete the relevant form by either

  • Downloading the Notification to surrender permit (A2) application form. You can send us a completed and signed application form or bring it to us in person at our offices.
  • Contacting us in writing, telephone or email.

What happens when I submit an A2 application form?

The surrender of the permit will be accepted if the council is satisfied that the following measures have been taken:

  • To avoid any potential pollution risk resulting from the operation or its cessation.
  • The site is returned to a satisfactory state, having regard to the state of the site before the installation was put in operation

How much does it cost to surrender an A2 permit?

Fees are required for the surrender of an A2 permit in whole and in part. The fees normally change annually.

For activities we regulate, DEFRA lays down the relevant charges in an annual fees and charges scheme.

If you require any guidance regarding the surrender or your permit please contact the Public Protection Team.

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Dry cleaners

Dry cleaners are subject to Local Authority control with regards to their emissions to the air. It is an offence to operate as a dry cleaner using organic solvents without a permit.

In 1999 the EU finalised a directive known as the Solvent Emissions Directive (SED) which affects dry cleaners. The directive says that all dry cleaners using organic solvents must have a permit to operate. To comply with the requirements of the Directive all dry cleaners must apply for a Permit from their Local Authority under the provisions of the Environmental Permitting(England and Wales) Regulations 2010.

The permit, with conditions is designed to both demonstrate compliance with the emission limit imposed by the Directive and to ensure best practice to minimise solvent use. The conditions are be based on Government guidance – Process Guidance Note 6/46(04) Secretary of State’s Guidance for Dry Cleaning

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A permit must be obtained before you start to operate the dry cleaning process. The Local Authority can take up to 3 months to process an application for a dry cleaning permit and so you ensure that you allow enough time to obtain the permit before you to start operating.

Only a person who has control over the operation of a regulated facility may obtain or hold an Environmental Permit. This person is the “operator”. A permit application may be made by an agent on behalf of the operator.

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Pre - application discussions between operators and regulators can help in improving the quality of the formal permit application and are therefore encouraged. The permit application must be made on the form provided, it must include all the information required by the form and it must be accompanied by the relevant fee.

If the application is correctly made and includes the relevant fee it will be “duly made” which means it has been accepted by the Council.

The permit application will not be duly made if for instance;

  • It has not been submitted on the correct form,
  • It does not adequately address a key point in the application,
  • The relevant fee does not accompany the permit application.
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A local authority should determine an application for dry cleaners within 3 months of the application being duly made.

We will confirm that we have received your application.

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It is advisable to contact your trade association for advice about completing the permit application form and methodology for compliance with the legislation.

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Petrol vapour recovery permit

Many service stations require an Environmental Permit, which ensures that controls are in place to recover petrol vapour that can be lost to the atmosphere during the following activities. 

  • The unloading of petrol into stationary storage tanks from a road tanker, and
  • The refuelling of motor vehicle petrol tanks

Controls to minimise vapour loss from the unloading of petrol into storage tanks are referred to as Stage 1 vapour recovery controls.

Controls to minimise vapour loss from the filling of vehicle tanks are referred to as Stage 2 vapour recovery controls.

A service station will require an Environmental Permit in the following circumstances.

  • New Service stations (those brought into operation after 31 December 2009:
    A permit covering Stage 1 and Stage 2 vapour recovery will be required if the annual throughput of petrol is, or is likely to be, 500m3 or more per annum.
  • Existing service stations (those brought into operation before 31 December 2009:
    A permit covering Stage 1 vapour recovery will be required if the annual amount of petrol unloaded at the station is, or is likely to be, 500m3 or more. The permit will also need to cover Stage 2 vapour recovery if the annual throughput of petrol at the station is, or is likely to be, 3500m3 or more.

Service Stations that meet the above thresholds must apply for an Environmental Permit from the Local Authority. It is an offence to operate a service station without one.

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Petrol service stations are permitted under the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010.

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If you require a permit then one must be obtained before you start to operate a new petrol service station. The Local Authority can take up to 4 months to process an application for a permit and so you must ensure that you allow enough time to obtain the permit before you start operating.

If a permit is granted it will contain conditions imposed by the Local Authority that must be complied with by law. Such conditions aim to ensure that the amount of vapour that can be lost during tanker deliveries and the filling of motor vehicles is minimised.

Only a person who has control over the operation of a regulated facility may obtain or hold an Environmental Permit. This person is the “operator”. A permit application may be made by an agent on behalf of the operator.

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The storage of petrol at a service station is subject to a separate licence (Petroleum Filling Station Licence), which is also issued by Wiltshire Council.

If you intend to store more than 10 litres of petrol for your own private use or for selling on, it is a legal requirement to notify us and to submit a petroleam storage licence application.

Failure to hold a petrol licence will render you liable to prosecution.

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If a station already has a permit for Stage 1 vapour recovery but the threshold for Stage 2 is likely to be exceeded then the existing permit will need to be varied to incorporate controls for Stage 2 vapour recovery. An application for variation to permit conditions must be made.

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Pre - application discussions between operators and regulators can help in improving the quality of the formal permit application and are therefore encouraged. The permit application must be made on the form provided, it must include all the information required by the form and it must be accompanied by the relevant fee.

If the application is correctly made and includes the relevant fee it will be “duly made” which means it has been accepted by the Council.

The permit application will not be duly made if for instance;

  • It has not been submitted on the correct form,
  • It does not adequately address a key point in the application,
  • The relevant fee does not accompany the permit application.
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A local authority should determine an application within 4 months of the application being duly made.

This time period of 4 months does not include any time taken for the request for additional information.

We will confirm that we have received your application.

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It is advisable to contact your trade association for advice about completing the permit application form and methodology for compliance with the legislation.

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Respraying of road vehicles permit

The spraying of road vehicles or part of them, carried out as part of vehicle repair, conservation or decoration outside of manufacturing installations is subject to Local Authority control with regards to emissions to air.

The key emissions from these installations are those consisting of volatile organic compounds (VOC) and particulate matter. Vehicle re-sprayers using in excess of 1 tonne of organic solvents in any 12 month period will require an Environmental Permit from their Local Authority under the provisions Section 6.4 Part B(b) of Schedule 2 of the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010.

The permit, with conditions designed to both demonstrate compliance with emission limits and to ensure best practice to minimise solvent use, will then be issued by the authority. The conditions will be based on Government guidance – Process Guidance Note 6/34b (06) Secretary of State’s Guidance for Re-spraying of Road Vehicles

General guidance setting out policy and procedures is contained in the “General Guidance Manual on Policy and Procedures for A2 and Part B installations” available from Defra guidance on the Local Authority Pollution Control (LAPC) referred to in this document as the “General Guidance Manual”.

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A permit must be obtained before you start to operate a vehicle re-spraying installation.The Local Authority can take up to 4 months to process an application for a permit and so you should ensure that you allow enough time to obtain the permit before you to start operating.

Only a person who has control over the operation of a regulated facility may obtain or hold an Environmental Permit. This person is the “operator”. A permit application may be made by an agent on behalf of the operator.

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Pre - application discussions between operators and regulators can help in improving the quality of the formal permit application and are therefore encouraged. The permit application must be made on the form provided, it must include all the information required by the form and it must be accompanied by the relevant fee.

If the application is correctly made and includes the relevant fee it will be “duly made” which means it has been accepted by the Council.

The permit application will not be duly made if for instance;

  • It has not been submitted on the correct form,
  • It does not adequately address a key point in the application,
  • The relevant fee does not accompany the permit application.
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A local authority should determine an application within 4 months of the application being duly made.

This time period of 4 months does not include any time taken for the request for additional information.

We will confirm that we have received your application. Please contact us using the details belowif you have any queries.

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It is advisable to contact your trade association for advice about completing the permit application form and methodology for compliance with the legislation.

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Waste oil burner permit

The burning of waste oil (which includes recovered oil) in an appliance with a rated thermal input of less than 3 Megawatts (MW) is subject to local authority control. Such an appliance, known as a Small Waste Oil Burner (SWOB), will require an Environmental Permit with the local authority, as the burning of waste oil can give rise to a number of pollutants including metals, sulphur dioxide and hydrogen chloride.

It is an offence to burn waste oil in an appliance without an Environmental Permit.

Waste oil burners of 3 MW or more are subject to control by the Environment Agency and not the Local Authority.

A SWOB requires a permit under the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010.

If you intend to operate a SWOB under 3 MW then you will need to contact Wiltshire Council for a permit. If a permit is granted then it will contain conditions imposed by the authority that must be complied with by law. Such conditions aim to ensure that pollution from a SWOB is minimised.

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A permit must be obtained before you start to operate the SWOB. The Local Authority can take up to 3 months to process an application for a permit and so you must ensure that you allow enough time to obtain the permit before you to start operating. You should also contact the Local Authority Planning Department as planning permission may be required to erect the flue to service the SWOB.

Only a person who has control over the operation of a regulated facility may obtain or hold an Environmental Permit. This person is the “operator”. A permit application may be made by an agent on behalf of the operator.

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Pre- application discussions between operators and regulators can help in improving the quality of the formal permit application and are therefore encouraged. The permit application must be made on the form provided, it must include all the information required by the form and it must be accompanied by the relevant fee.

If the application is correctly made and includes the relevant fee it will be “duly made” which means it has been accepted by the Council.

The permit application will not be duly made if for instance;

  • It has not been submitted on the correct form,
  • It does not adequately address a key point in the application,
  • The relevant fee does not accompany the permit application.
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A local authority should determine an application for small waste oil burners within 3 months of the application being duly made.

This time period of 3 months does not include any time taken for the request for additional information.

We will confirm that we have received your application.

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It is advisable to contact your trade association for advice about completing the permit application form and methodology for compliance with the legislation.

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Variations to Environmental Permits

Environmental Permits have to be varied (amended) to take account of changes to installations and therefore operators are required to notify the council of changes to their processes.

If you plan to change or extend your operations you must give the Council written notice before the proposed change so that we can check if the change is authorised by your environmental permit. There is normally a legal requirement to do this contained within your permit. You may need to apply to the Council to vary your environmental permit to allow the change if it is likely that the proposed changes will require conditions within the permit to be amended or additional conditions to be added to the permit.

Substantial Changes

Applications for variations should be made for substantial and non substantial changes. A substantial change, which will incur a fee is defined as “A change in operation which in the opinion of the Council may have significant effects on human beings or the environment”.

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You can change your environmental permit by applying to the Council for a variation. You may need to do this if you change any operations at your regulated facility or if you change the name of your company. Your application will need public consultation if it is a substantial change or your regulator thinks that consultation is necessary. The Council can also vary your environmental permit without you applying for a change.

You can apply by any of the following means:

  • Download the variation to permit conditions application form You can send us a completed and signed application form together with a cheque for the correct amount or bringing it to us in person at our offices.
  • Contacting us in writing, telephone or email.
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Transfer of an Environmental Permit

Installations may change hands through normal business transactions and the Environmental Permitting Regulations allow for permits to be transferred either for the whole installation or for one or more parts of it.

Before an environmental permit can be wholly or partially transferred to another person, a joint application to transfer the environmental permit has to be made by both the existing and proposed permit holders. New operators must have the appropriate competence to run the installation in compliance with the conditions of the existing permit.

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You can transfer all or part of your environmental permit to another operator by submitting a joint application with the new operator.

You can apply by any of the following means:

  • Download the transfer permit application form,You can send us a completed and signed application form together with a cheque for the correct amount or bringing it to us in person at our offices.
  • Contacting us in writing, telephone or email.

For a whole installation transfer if the council are satisfied with the new operator’s competence and the correct fee has been received, the council may either

  • Endorse the permit with the transferee’s details as the new operator or 
  • Issue a new permit document

For a partial installation transfer, if the council are satisfied with the new operator’s competence and the correct fee has been received, the council will issue a new permit to the transferee and an amended permit to the original operator.

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Public registers

Register of commercial and industrial installations
('Part B' processes)

A license is required for statutorily prescribed processes that have the potential to cause significant environmental pollution. A description of the type of processes, which require a permit is contained in The Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010

The information kept within the Public Register file for each Process / Installation regulated under the Environmental Permitting Regulations is as follows:

  • Name and address of the Operator
  • Registered Office (if applicable)
  • Copy of the Application Form
  • Advertisement in the paper (if required) and any representations made in response
  • Notifications relating to changes in operation
  • Notices (variation, information, enforcement, prohibition transfer and suspension)
  • Representations
  • Authorisations/Permit
  • Appeals
  • Court cases and formal conditions
  • Monitoring data
  • Commercially confidential monitoring data (N/B)
  • Published reports
  • Directions - these include a copy of any direction given to the authority by the Secretary of State other than a direction under section 21(2) relating to national security information. A general direction affecting a number of processes should be copied on to the register for each of these processes.
    Please note: Not all files will contain all the above information.

All of the commercial and industrial installations permitted by Wiltshire Council are listed on the public register.

A complete and up to date register of prescribed processes operating in Wiltshire can be viewed at your local Environmental Protection team office.

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North Wiltshire:

Specialist Pollution Team
Wiltshire Council
Monkton Park
Chippenham
Wiltshire
SN15 1ER

Telephone: 0300 456 0100
Email: publicprotectionnorth@wiltshire.gov.uk

(Chippenham, Calne, Corsham, Malmesbury, Royal Wootton Bassett and the rest of the old North Wiltshire District Council area)

East Wiltshire:

Public Protection
Wiltshire Council
Kennet House
Sgt Rogers Way
Hopton Park Industrial Estate
London Road
Devizes
Wiltshire
SN10 2ET

Telephone: 0300 456 0100
Email: publicprotectioneast@wiltshire.gov.uk

(Devizes, Pewsey, Marlborough, Tidworth and the rest of the old Kennet District Council area)

South Wiltshire:

Public Protection
Wiltshire Council
27/29 Milford Street
Salisbury
SP1 2AP

Telephone: 0300 456 0100
Email: publicprotectionsouth@wiltshire.gov.uk

(Salisbury, Amesbury, Downton, Mere, Hindon, Tishead and the rest of the old Salisbury District Council area)

West Wiltshire:

Public Protection
Wiltshire Council
County Hall
Bythesea Road
Trowbridge
Wiltshire
BA14 8JD

Telephone: 0300 456 0100
Email: publicprotectionwest@wiltshire.gov.uk

(Trowbridge, Bradford-on-Avon, Melksham, Warminster, Westbury and the rest of the old West Wiltshire District Council area)

If you are unsure which is the correct area please contact 0300 456 0100 or email EPSpecialist@wiltshire.gov.uk

Last updated: 30 December 2016 | Last reviewed: 30 December 2016