Our charging schemes for 2021-22 apply from 1 April 2021 until 31 March 2022.

Changes to 2021-22 charges

We have kept our annual review of charges to a minimum while we carry out a strategic review of charging.

We are not making any changes other than to our abstraction charging scheme. The change has been to increase the Abstraction Standard Unit Charge (SUC) by +2.23%.

Find out more about how we consulted on changes to our charging schemes.

Environmental Permitting Regulations charges

The Environmental Permitting Regulations (EPR) charging scheme and guidance covers the different types of operations that require a permit or consent under the EPR including:

  • waste facilities
  • installations
  • mining waste operations
  • mobile plant
  • water quality (discharges to water and groundwater)
  • radioactive substances
  • flood risk activities
  • Medium Combustion Plant Directive and Specified Generator controls

It also includes information about charges for:

  • waste carriers, brokers and dealers
  • exempt waste operations
  • producer responsibility
  • international waste shipments

Current charges

To find current charges, read the Environmental Permitting Charging Scheme 2021-22.

Why and how we charge

For information about why how and why we charge for obtaining and maintaining permits, read the Environmental Permitting Charging Scheme Guide 2021-22.


If you’re applying for a new bespoke permit or changes to an existing bespoke permit, your fee will be based on the OPRA score for your site. If you need a spreadsheet to calculate your OPRA score, contact us on 0300 056 3000 or email enquiries@naturalresourceswales.gov.uk.

Abstraction charges

For the 2020-21 abstraction fees, download Water Abstraction Charges 2020-21.

For the 2021-22 abstraction fees, see Water Abstraction Charges Scheme 2021 - 2022

Reservoir charges

Find our reservoir registration and annual compliance monitoring fees.

Fisheries charges

Find out more about our charges for:

Control of major accident hazards (COMAH)

We raise charges to recover our costs incurred in carrying out the functions of the COMAH 2015 Regulations based on a time and materials approach. We raise invoices within 30 days of 31 March and 30 September each year. Our charge out rate is £152 per inspector hour unless otherwise stated.

CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme

In July 2018, the UK Government announced that the CRC Scheme would close at the end of March 2019. It will be replaced by the SECR (Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting) scheme. SECR reporting will be done through Companies House.

We will let you know if there any charges for administration or enforcement work that apply beyond the closure date.

UK Emissions Trading System

A UK Emissions Trading Scheme (UK ETS) has replaced the UK's participation in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) from 01 January 2021.

We are currently consulting on our proposed charging scheme for UK ETS.

Nuclear regulation in Wales

The Environment Agency carries out some nuclear regulation work at sites in Wales on our behalf.

The charges are part of our fees and charges however they are impacted on by the EA charging scheme.

Find out more about how the EA has consulted separately on their fees and charges in their consultation response.

Our charges for information or advice

Find out more about the information we provide for free and what we charge for.

We can provide bespoke advice and information through our Discretionary Advice Service. Where this relates to pre-application advice and groundwater remediation advice please discuss options with your local NRW team.

Making your payment

You'll need the following details to make a payment by electronic transfer:

Company name: Natural Resources Wales
Company address: Income Department, PO BOX 663, Cardiff, CF24 0TP
Bank: RBS
Address: National Westminster Bank Plc, 2 1/2 Devonshire Square, London, EC2M 4BA
Sort code: 60-70-80
Account number: 10014438

It's important you use this company and bank information because. Details given in your permit or licence application forms may have changed since it was issued to you.

Payments from outside the UK

These details have changed. If you are making your payment from outside the United Kingdom (which must be received in sterling), our IBAN number is GB70 NWBK6070 8010 014438 and our SWIFT/BIC number is NWBKGB2L.

Payments by email

You can email your payment details to online@naturalresourceswales.gov.uk. Tell us the payment type such as ‘waste variation’ or ‘water quality new’.

You must include your company name and invoice number or reference. Where possible, please also submit a remittance advice. This will ensure we can accurately process your payment.

You should still include the BACS payment reference on the application form itself. If you do not quote your payment reference number, there may be a delay in processing your payment and application.

Getting help

If you need help with understanding, calculating or submitting your fees, contact us on 0300 056 3000 or email enquiries@naturalresourceswales.gov.uk.

Strategic review of charging

We are progressing with our strategic review of charging across NRW to help ensure regulation in Wales is sustainable and cost recovering. Central to this review is the principle that the cost of regulation should be met by those we regulate and therefore less reliant on the taxpayer.

We wanted to start delivering changes in April 2021. Given the uncertainties brought about by the COVID19 pandemic, including our inability to engage with stakeholders effectively, we are pushing that date back to April 2022.

If you have any queries or want to be involved when the time comes, then please email us on SROC@cyfoethnaturiolcymru.gov.uk

We will be seeking stakeholder engagement throughout development to help ensure the new scheme is fair to business and the public of Wales.

Find out more about our strategic review of charging, and how you can get involved.

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