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Environmental Health- Technical Advice for Planning Applicants

What is EH-TAP?

Environmental Health - Technical Advice for Planning Applicants’ (EH-TAP) is a flexible service for developers, applicants and agents seeking consultee advice/comments on environmental health matters linked to the planning process.

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EH-TAP is aimed at applicants who want to ‘get it right first time’ and in the process reduce costs and save time. 

In particular, EH-TAP provides a consultee perspective on potential adverse effects upon health and/or general amenity associated with:

  • Air quality
  • Contaminated land
  • Noise
  • Odour

EH-TAP provides flexibility to suit proposals at different stages of development.  Whether at an early outline stage, or a more advanced scheme with relevant assessment reports, EH-TAP is available to suit the situation and requirements for advice.

Preliminary EH-TAP is an optional addition when using the ‘Pre-Application Planning and Building Control Advice’ service offered by the Planning and Sustainable Development.  Applicants are advised when preliminary EH-TAP might be of benefit (e.g. due to constraints such as those relating to air quality and contaminated land) and have the option of paying a fixed fee for environmental advice to be provided to assist with the consideration of such factors as part of a future planning submission.  Preliminary EH-TAP can also be obtained where applicants aren’t submitting a Planning Pre-App but have a specific need for Environmental Health advice.

Detailed EH-TAP is available for applicants with a more advanced scheme who wish to receive technical consultee advice on the approach to assessing relevant impacts (e.g. scope and methodology of a relevant assessment) and/or full consultee comments in advance of a formal submission. 

Some of the key benefits of EH-TAP may include:

  • Save time and resources: aim to get a planning submission right first time
  • Flexibility: options to suit schemes at different stages of development
  • Expert advice: help identify, understand and seek to resolve relevant issues associated with a planning proposal
  • Reduce risks with formal submission: receive Environmental Health consultee comments in advance of formal submission (Detailed EH-TAP, option B)
  • Raise the quality of development and reduce any negative impacts
  • Reduce the risk that proposed development could be affected by pollution.
  • Help increase community acceptance
  • Value for money: Services charged at cost with no profit margins or shareholders
  • Locally delivered service with local site knowledge.

Where relevant, Preliminary EH-TAP will be offered as an ‘add on’ option when applying for Pre-Application Advice via Planning & Sustainable Development. Preliminary EH-TAP payment will be collected along with the pre-application advice fee(s).  Alternatively, for those not wishing to submit a Pre-App, please contact Public Protection’s Community and Environmental Protection team on 0300 1234 212 (option 2) or via email at:

Detailed EH-TAP can be arranged by contacting Public Protection’s Community and Environmental Protection team 0300 1234 212 (option 2) or via email at:  If you would prefer to send an email, please provide your details and a brief description of the project and a member of the team will contact you at a convenient time.

Preliminary EH-TAP has a fixed fee of £140 plus VAT.

Detailed EH-TAP starts at £210 plus VAT (Option A) and £280 plus VAT (Option B), with a discount applied if both options are selected at the point of application.

Please see our EH-TAP document for full details.  EH-TAP is provided in accordance with terms and conditions which will automatically bind the parties.

Further details on EH-TAP along with a range of useful guidance documents relevant to planning and environmental protection are available from the Neighbourhoods and Public Protection Planning Guidance webpage.