Update; Application for quarry dewatering licences under transitional arrangements

The new Authorisations Regulations which came into effect on 1st January 2018 means previously exempt quarry dewatering now requires an abstraction licence.

The deadline for applications has been extended from 31/12/19 to 30/06/20.

Businesses that make a valid application before the new deadline will be able to take advantage of the ‘favourable transitional agreement’. These allow abstractors to have a New Authorisation water abstraction licence based on recent water use rather than the current water availability. Once the deadline passes, these transitional benefits will no longer be available and will not be applied retrospectively.

What happens if you don’t have a licence?

If the new licencing regulations apply to your quarry dewatering activity and you don’t have a licence, it will be unlawful to continue to dewater or abstract water after 30th June 2020. We have assisted clients at more than 40 sites through the New Authorisations process and thus have an excellent working knowledge of the process.

Please contact Chris Leake, Rosie Morrant or Lawrence Brown (all on 01743 355770) if you would like to discuss the regulations or specific sites.