July/August: New regulations

The latest legislation, guidance and consultation.



Air quality 
Comes into force: 01 May 2019

England and Wales

The Air Quality (Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles Database) (England and Wales) Regulations 2019 place a duty on licensing authorities to provide certain information on licensed taxis and private hire vehicles to a central database. 

Comes into force: 25th May 2019


The Town and Country Planning (Permitted Development, Advertisement and Compensation Amendments) (England) Regulations 2019 extend permitted development rights to allow high street conversions to offices and homes.  




Marine licensing

Comes into force: 31st May 2019

England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

The Marine Licensing (Exempted Activities) (Amendment) Order 2019 introduces three new exemptions from the requirement to hold a marine licence under the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009. 


Dangerous substances 

Comes into force: 18th June 2019

Northern Ireland

The Carriage of Dangerous Goods (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2019 make various amendments to implement the radiological emergency preparedness and response requirements contained in the Basic Safety Standards Directive.






Air pollution

Comes into force: 31st May 2019

England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

Guidance has been published to help businesses that use refrigeration or freezer units using hydrofluorocarbons as refrigerants prepare for the upcoming ban on the use of HFCs with a global warming potential greater than 2500, which will come into force on 1 January 2020.






Emissions trading

Comes into force: 2nd May 2019

England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

The UK, Scottish, and Welsh Governments as well as the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs in Northern Ireland are consulting the public on the proposed approach to UK carbon pricing once UK leaves the European Union.




Flood management

Comes into force: 9th May 2019


The Environment Agency is seeking views on the Draft National Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Strategy for England. It sets out proposals to become resilient to flooding and coastal change, including developments for the next 10-30 years, as well the changes needed by 2100. 





Comes into force: 3rd June 2019


The Environment Agency is consulting on proposed guidance for appropriate measures for permitted facilities that take healthcare waste, which will replace the technical guidance note EPR 5.07 on clinical waste.  






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