Consultation on Amendments to the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2016 as applied to Groundwater Activities and related Surface Water Discharge Activities

Closes 22 Dec 2021

Opened 29 Sep 2021


We plan to make some changes to the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2016 as they apply to groundwater activities and some related surface water discharge activities. This consultation seeks your views on the proposed changes.

Why your views matter

Defra is proposing to make nine amendments to the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2016 as they apply to groundwater activities and some related surface water discharge activities.

These amendments aim to address three policy objectives:

  1. To provide an improved hierarchy of regulatory controls for groundwater activities
  2. To provide controls for a greater range of potential pollutants
  3. To improve existing control measures for protecting groundwater from site-based activities 

Defra would like to invite views of all stakeholders and interested parties on the proposed amendments.

You can submit your views through this survey, or via email or post by sending your response to or,

Consultation on Amendments to the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2016 
Consultation Coordinator  
2nd Floor  
Foss House  
Kings Pool  
1-2 Peasholme Green 
YO17 PX16 

 If responding via email or post, please state:  

  • Your name  
  • Your email address  
  • Your organisation (if applicable) 
  • The consultation title 

Responses must be submitted by Wednesday 22 December 2021. Should you have any issues or questions, please do get in touch via the above email address.

To complete the consultation please follow the link to the online survey below. We strongly recommend that you view the related documents before starting the consultation questions. This includes accompanying documents Annex B and Annex C, which some of the consultation questions relate to directly.

Thank you for taking the time to provide your views on these proposals.

Give us your views


  • Environmental campaigners
  • Government Departments
  • Government Agencies
  • Devolved Administrations
  • Energy sector
  • Water/water Industry sector
  • Environmental professional services
  • House Building Industry
  • Local Authorities
  • Local Authorities
  • Energy suppliers
  • Water suppliers


  • Natural environment
  • Water quality
  • Sewerage
  • Pollution Sector
  • Water Industry licencing