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Permitting service levels in Natural Resources Wales

How we manage permitting applications and how long it takes us to process

This change means that customers will have a single, clear response on permit applications and no longer have to apply to a number of different organisations to undertake certain activities.

Monitoring performance

We will be monitoring regulatory performance very closely and will provide a high quality service that meets the requirements of both the environment and businesses in Wales. Table 1 details many of the regulatory regimes that we are responsible for and the timescales we will work to.

Timescales

If you need an application determined in less than the timescales in Table 1, then please discuss this with us at the time of submission.

We recommend that you apply for permits in good time (ideally having sought pre-application advice from us), with all the necessary information and have regard for the determination timescales. Applications that are complex, have a high level of public interest, or potentially impact on a sensitive location may require a longer period to determine than that set out in Table 1.

Managing your application

When you submit a permit application to us, you will be contacted by one of our officers who will be responsible for the determination of your application. That officer will explain to you how the application will be processed, how they can be contacted and what the deadlines are for determination. They will also discuss with you your expectations.

You will be kept up to date throughout the determination process so you are aware how your application is progressing.

Table 1. Statutory determination timescales.

Permit/Consent/Authorisation

Statutory Determination Period

Service level agreement

 

 

 

Waste Bespoke Permit

4 months

 

Waste Standard Rule Permit

3 months

 

Waste Permit Variation

3 Months or 4 months with consultation

 

Waste Permit Transfer

2 Months

 

Waste Permit Surrender

3 months

 

T11 Waste Exemption

 

25 working days

Cat A Mining Waste Facilities

 

9 months

Mobile Plant Deployments

 

25 working Days

Waste recovery plan assessment

 

25 working days

Installation Bespoke Permit

4 Months

 

Installation Substantial Variation

4 Months

 

Installation Standard Rule Permit

3 Months

 

Installation Permit Variation

3 Months

 

RSR applications have statutory timelines (most are 3 months)

 

 

Installation Permit Surrender

3 months

 

Installation Permit Transfer

2 months

 

Water Quality Bespoke Permit

4 months

 

Water Quality Standard Rule Permit

3 months

 

Water Quality Permit Variations

4 months with advertisement 3 months without

 

Water Quality Permit Transfers

 

20 working days

Water Quality Permit Surrenders

 

20 working days

Water Quality Herbicides Complex

 

13 weeks

Water Quality Herbicides Simple

 

10 working days

Water Industry Applications s165/166

5 working days normal, 10 working days if it requires a habitat assessment, 3 months if not a one off discharge

 

Water Resources HEP

4 months if advertised, 3 months if not advertised

 

Water Resources Abstraction

4 months if advertised, 3 months if not advertised

 

Water Resources Impoundment

4 months if advertised, 3 months if not advertised

 

Water Resources Temporary Licence

20 working days

 

Water Resources Transitional Licence (new authorisations)

During the period 01 January 2020 and  31 December 2022

 

Water Resources Revocation of Abstraction Licence

 

20 working days

Water Resources Revocation of Impoundment Licence

 

3 months

Water Resources Minor Variation (non-complex)

 

20 working days

Water Resources Minor Variation (complex)

 

3 months

Water Resources Two-Part Tariff

 

20 working days

Water Resources Pre-Application (hydropower)

 

45 working days

Water Resources Pre-Application (non-Hydropower)

 

45 working days

Water Resources Groundwater Investigation Consent

 

45 working days

Flood Defence Consent

2 months

 

Net licence

 

Upon receipt of payment we will issue your licence, carcass tags and log books to you by recorded delivery. You should receive this before the start of the season or within five working days if the season has already started

Fish Movements

 

We require 20 working days to process your application. However, we will aim to do it within working 10 days.

European Protected Species Licence

 

30 working days

European Protected Species (Marine)

 

30 working days

SSSI Consent for owners/occupiers where not statutory undertakers

4 months

 

SSSI Assent for statutory undertakers

 

28 working days

Open Access restrictions and Exclusions

 

Up to 16 weeks depending on exclusion/restriction timescale request

Felling licences

Forest Management Plans (External)

 13 weeks

 

EIA (Forestry) determinations

28 working days

 

Marine Licensing Screening Opinion

90 days

 

Marine Licensing Scoping Opinion

 

90 days

Marine Licensing Screening and Scoping

 

90 days

Marine Licence - Band 1 Application

 

6 weeks, however if it has been determined that no sensitive area method statement is required then it will normally be determined within 4 weeks.

Marine Licence - Band 2 Application

 

4 months

Marine Licence - Band 3 Application

 

due to the varied and complex nature of band 3 projects there is no agreed service level for determination.

Discharge of Conditions of a Band 2 Marine Licence

 

6 weeks

Discharge of Conditions of a Band 3 Marine Licence

 

due to the varied and complex nature of band 3 projects there is no agreed service level for determination.

Discharge of Monitoring condition of a Marine Licence

 

8 weeks

Variation 1 Administrative changes to Marine Licence

 

21 days

Variation 2 Complex changes to Marine Licence

 

4 month for Band 2

None for Band 3

Variation 3 Routine changes to Marine Licence

 

8 weeks

Transferring of Marine Licence

 

21 days

Statutory Plant Health Notices

 

30 working days from date of confirmed infection to issue of notice or letter

EUETS - NER (Significant Capacity Extension)

 

 14 days

EUETS

 

 14 days

EUETS

 

 14 days

EUETS Variation Minor

 

 14 days

EUETS Variation Substantial

 

 14 days

EUETS Transfer

 

 14 days

EUETS Amalgamation Transfer

 

 14 days

EUETS Surrender

 

 14 days

EUETS Revocation

 

 14 days

EUETS Notification

 

 14 days

 

 

 

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