Dry cleaning uses solvents and volatile organic compounds (VOC) which are air pollutants and harmful to humans and the environment. You therefore need an environmental permit to operate a dry cleaning machine.
This permit is a legal document which allows you to operate a dry cleaning machine, but with strict controls in place. Operating without a permit is an offence with a maximum penalty of £50,000 or 5 years' imprisonment.
Apply for a dry cleaning permit
Complete the ‘Dry cleaning permit application form’ and send it with a cheque for the appropriate fee to the Pollution Team at Islington Council (address and form at the bottom of this page).
There is a one-time application fee and an annual renewal fee. The annual fee is generally £148 and the annual renewal fee £76. However these prices are dependent on the risk rating of your dry cleaning operation and are set by central government so may change at any time. For more information on fees please visit the Defra website or contact the Islington Pollution Team.
You may need to provide further information or conduct work before we will issue a permit, so apply in plenty of time.
Complying with the permit
You are required to comply with the terms of your permit e.g. using less than one litre of perc for every 80kg of clothes cleaned.
You need to record the weight of each load you complete, along with the amount of solvent used, in weekly, monthly and annual inventory sheets and submit these to the Islington Pollution Team every year (inventory forms and address at the bottom of this page).
Other dry cleaning permit forms
You may also need to complete permit forms in any of the following situations. You will need to complete the appropriate form, write a cheque for the appropriate fee and send both to the Pollution Team at Islington Council (address and form at the bottom of this page). For more information on fees please visit the following Defra website or contact the Islington Pollution Team:
• Closing down a dry cleaning operation- complete the ‘Dry cleaning permit surrender form’.
• Making changes to a dry cleaning operation- any changes that may affect your permit e.g. changing or moving a machine requires you to complete the ‘Dry cleaning permit variation form’.
• Transfer a permit to someone else- If you are selling your business both parties need to complete the ‘Dry cleaning permit transfer form’.
Islington Municipal Offices
222 Upper Street