December 2017: New regulations

A round up of recent regulations.

Water supply

Enters into force: 27 October 2017  

Northern Ireland

The Private Water Supplies Regulations (NI) 2017 and Water Supply (Water Quality) Regulations (NI) 2017 implement amendments to the Drinking Water Directive 1998 and establish a regime on the quality of water intended for human consumption (private and public supplies). 


Waste management

Enters into force: 1 November 2017

Northern Ireland

The Waste Management Licensing (Amendment) Regulations (NI) 2017 update the list of offences that would disqualify you, if convicted, from being deemed “fit and proper” to hold a waste management licence. 


Energy efficiency

Enters into force: 9 October 2017 

England, Wales

Guidance has been developed for landlords to help them comply with the minimum energy efficiency requirements for domestic property under the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015. 


Wildlife conservation

Enters into force: 6 October 2017    

England, Scotland Wales, Northern Ireland

A consultation has been launched on introducing a total ban on sales of ivory that could contribute directly or indirectly to the poaching of elephants. The ban would prohibit sale, import and export of ivory to and from the UK, subject to strict exemptions.


Carbon reporting

Enters into force: 12 October 

England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland

The government is consulting on proposals for streamlined energy and carbon reporting within the business reporting framework set out by the Companies Act 2006.


Heat recovery

Enters into force: 12 October 2017 

England, Wales

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy is seeking views on a support programme to increase industry confidence in identifying and investing in opportunities for recovering and reusing waste heat from industrial processes and increase the deployment of recoverable heat technologies. 

Environmental Impact Assessment

Enters into force: 25 September 2017 

Northern Ireland

The Environmental Impact Assessment (Agriculture) (Amendment No. 2) Regulations (NI) 2017 revoke the Environmental Impact Assessment (Agriculture) (Amendment) Regulations (NI) 2017, owing to a technical error. 


Pollution prevention 

Enters into force: 13 October 2017 


The Draft Pollution Prevention and Control (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2017 will add provisions relating to medium combustion plants (MCPs) to Scotland’s regime for regulating industrial activities. They will apply to new and existing MCPs, of differing sizes, on different dates. 



Enters into force: 18 October 2017


The Landfill Disposals Tax (Wales) Act 2017 (Commencement No. 1) Order 2017 brings the first provisions of the Landfill Disposals Tax (Wales) Act 2017 into force. It relates to the collection and management of the tax and information sharing. 


Water supply

Enters into force:  26 October 2017


The Public and Private Water Supplies (Miscellaneous Amendments) (Scotland) Regulations 2017 essentially correct errors in the Public Supplies and Private Supplies Regulations.  


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