The environmental permit

What is an environmental permit?

An environmental permit is an administrative licence which imposes on self-employed individuals, sole traders, small-scale craft companies or industrial companies measures to take to ensure its activities are not harmful to the environment, health or safety.

An environmental permit is very often required even if you believe that your activities, machines or products do not cause pollution. Search the complete list of installations subject to an environmental permit or via the list of keywords.

Looking for information about existing environmental permits for your property, see the map made available by Brussels Environment or send them a request.

The environmental permit explained (FR)

Be aware

  • Selected land or property must always be covered by a planning permit corresponding to your activities. One single reliable place to check this: the town’s urban planning department. Don’t settle for information provided by the owner, estate agent or former operator! For many projects, you will need to apply for a new planning permit and comply with the provisions of land use plans).

  • Submit your permit applications as soon as you have decided on the address of the premises. Plan ahead because you will need to factor in the time it takes to prepare your dossier and the length of the permit application procedure! You cannot start operating until you have obtained the necessary permits.

  • If you have not obtained your permit, it is ill-advised to sign a commercial lease agreement, a sales agreement, etc. Useful tip: insert a suspension clause in these documents so they only enter into force when the permits are issued.

Apply for an environmental permit

Installations subject to environmental permits are divided into six classes depending on their nature and the extent of the danger they may cause.

As a general rule, you can submit one application for an environmental permit or one declaration. Brussels Environment has put together an administrative guide to help you establish which application to submit (FR) and find the forms.


Type of permit application

Class 1A permit

Apply for a class 1A permit without a prior certificate

Class 1B permit

Apply for a class 1B permit without a prior certificate

Class 1D permit

Apply for a class 1D permit

Class 2 permit

Apply for a class 2 permit

Apply for a class 2 public permit

Any class

Apply for a permit for temporary installations

Class 1C declaration

Make a class 1C declaration

Class 3 declaration

Make a class 3 declaration

Special cases with regard to procedure

Do you need more information about environmental permits?

See Brussels Environment’s administrative guide.

Updated 26/04/2019

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