Permitting service levels in Natural Resources Wales

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 or Service Level Permit regime

Waste Permit NRW Variation

no time frame

Waste

Waste Recovery Plans

no time frame

Waste

Waste Bespoke Permit

4 months

Waste

Waste Standard Rule Permit

3 months

Waste

Waste Permit Variation

3 Months or 4 months with consultation

Waste

Waste Permit Transfer

2 Months

Waste

Waste Permit Surrender

3 months

Waste

T11 Waste Exemption

25 working days

Waste

Cat A Mining Waste Facilities

9 months

Waste

Mobile Plant Deployments

25 working Days

Waste

Mobile Plant Deployments

25 working Days

Waste/ PS

Waste recovery plan assessment

25 working days

Waste

RSR New Bespoke Permit

4 months

Installations

RSR Standard Rule Permit

3 months

Installations

RSR Permit Variation

3 months

Installations

RSR Permit Surrender

3 months

Installations

RSR Permit Transfer

2 Months

Installations

Installation Bespoke Permit

4 Months

Installations

Installation Substantial Variation

4 Months

Installations

Installation Standard Rule Permit

3 Months

Installations

Installation Permit Variation

3 Months

Installations

Installation Permit Surrender

3 months

Installations

Installation Permit Transfer

2 months

Installations

Medium Combustion Plant / Specified Generator Bespoke Permit

4 months

Installations

Medium Combustion Plant / Specified Generator Standard Rule Permit

3 months

Installations

Medium Combustion Plant / Specified Generator Permit Variation

3 months

Installations

Medium Combustion Plant Substantial Variation

4 months

Installations

Medium Combustion Plant / Specified Generator Permit Transfer

2 months

Installations

Medium Combustion Plant / Specified Generator Permit Surrender

3 months

Installations

Felling Licences

91 days (13 weeks)

Felling Licence

EIA (Forestry) Determinations

28 working days

Felling Licence

Forest Management Plan

16 weeks

Felling Licence

Protected Species Licence  

30 working days 

Species Licence

European Protected Species - development, conservation projects and forestry 

40 working days 

Species Licence

European Protected Species - preserving public health or public safety. 

30 working days 

Species Licence

European Protected Species (Marine) 

40 working days 

Species Licence

Bird control licence - preserving public health or public safety, protecting fisheries, conserving wild birds, protecting crops, stock, foodstuffs for stock or preventing the spread of disease. 

40 working days 

Species Licence

Badger development licence 

40 working days 

Species Licence

Protected Species License amendment (simple) 

15 working days 

Species Licence

Protected Species License amendment (complex) 

30 working days 

Species Licence

E.U Emissions Trading Scheme - New Entrants Reserve (Significant Capacity Extension)  

2 months  

UK Emissions Trading Scheme

E.U Emissions Trading Scheme Allocation Level Changes Review  

4 Months  

UK Emissions Trading Scheme

E.U Emissions Trading Scheme Annual Emmissions Monitoring Review  

4 Months  

UK Emissions Trading Scheme

E.U Emissions Trading Scheme Variation Minor   

2 months  

UK Emissions Trading Scheme

E.U Emissions Trading Scheme Variation Substantial   

2 months  

UK Emissions Trading Scheme

E.U Emissions Trading Scheme Transfer   

2 months  

UK Emissions Trading Scheme

E.U Emissions Trading Scheme Amalgamation Transfer  

2 months  

UK Emissions Trading Scheme

E.U Emissions Trading Scheme Surrender  

2 months  

UK Emissions Trading Scheme

E.U Emissions Trading Scheme Revocation   

2 months  

UK Emissions Trading Scheme

E.U Emissions Trading Scheme Notification  

6 weeks  

UK Emissions Trading Scheme

Water Resources Hydro Electric Power

4 months if advertised, 3 months if not advertised

Water Resources

Water Resources Abstraction

4 months if advertised, 3 months if not advertised

Water Resources

Water Resources Impoundment

4 months if advertised, 3 months if not advertised

Water Resources

Water Resources Temporary Licence

20 working days

Water Resources

Water Resources Transitional Licence (new authorisations)

During the period 01 January 2020 and 31 December 2022

Water Resources

Water Resources Revocation of Abstraction Licence

20 working days

Water Resources

Water Resources Revocation of Impoundment Licence

4 months

Water Resources

Water Resources Administration Variation, including apportionments

20 working days

Water Resources

Transfer of Licence Holder and vesting a licence

10 working days

Water Resources

Water Resources Two-Part Tariff

20 working days

Water Resources

Water Resources Pre-Application (hydropower)

45 working days

Water Resources

Water Resources Pre-Application (non-Hydropower)

45 working days

Water Resources

Water Resources Groundwater Investigation Consent

45 working days

Water Resources

 Bespoke Sheep Dip

4 months

Water Quality

Sheep Dip Variation

4 months with advertisement 3 months without

Water Quality

Permit Surrender

20 working days

Water Quality

Permit Transfer

20 working days

Water Quality

Permit Variation

4 months with advertisement 3 months without

Water Quality

Permit Variation Admin

3 months

Water Quality

Permit Bespoke

4 months

Water Quality

Permit NRW Variation

3 months

Water Quality

Water Industry Act 166a

7 and 14 days

Water Quality

Water Industry Act 166b

3 months

Water Quality

Standard Rule Permit

3 months

Water Quality

Marine Licences Band 2

4 months

Marine Licences

Marine Licences Band 1

6 weeks

Marine Licences

Marine Licences Band 3

no time frame

Marine Licences

Variation 0 (NRW led)

no time frame

Marine Licences

Variation 1 (admin)

21 days

Marine Licences

Variation 2 (complex) (B2/B3)

4 months/no time frame

Marine Licences

Variation 3 (routine)

8 weeks

Marine Licences

Transfer Variation

21 days

Marine Licences

Sample Plan Request

4 weeks

Marine Licences

Discharge of conditions - Band 2

6 weeks

Marine Licences

Discharge of conditions - Band 3

no timescale

Marine Licences

Monitoring approval

8 weeks

Marine Licences

Marine Licences Band 2

4 months; 6 months if a derogation is being sought

Marine Licences

Marine Licences Band 1

6 weeks

Marine Licences

Marine Licences Band 3

no time frame

Marine Licences

Monitoring approval

8 weeks

Marine Licences

Screening Opinion

90 days

Marine Licences

Scoping Opinion

90 days

Marine Licences

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