Find a Regulator
This page provides you with contact details of the primary environmental regulators in the UK.
England and Wales
The Environment Agency is the principal regulator on environmental matters in England and Wales.
Tel No: 08708 506 506 (Mon-Fri, 8am - 6pm)
The Northen Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) is the principal environmental regulator in Northern Ireland.
List of contacts at the NIEA. (Click here)
SEPA is the principal environmental regulator for Scotland.
SEPA's Corporate Office
Castle Business Park
Tel: 01786 457700
Fax: 01786 446885
SEPA's Pollution Hotline - 0800 80 70 60
SEPA's Floodline service - 0845 988 1188
Local authorities regulate on a range of environmental matters including, Local Authority Air Pollution Control, Statutory Nuisances (e.g noise, odors and smells), Contaminated land, Land use planning and Tree preservation orders.
Search for the contact details of your local authority here.
Natural England is responsible for the administration of nature conservation in England. It also acts as the Government's advisor on the English natural environment.
Natural England, 1 East Parade, Sheffield, S1 2ET
Tel: 0114 241 8920
Fax: 0114 241 8921
General Inquiry Line: 0845 600 3078 (Local rate)
SNH is responsible for the administration of nature conservation in Scotland. It also acts as the Scottish Government's advisor on the Scottish natural environment.
Scottish Natural Heritage, Great Glen House, Leachkin Road, Inverness, IV3 8NW
Tel: 01463 725000
Fax: 01463 725067
The Countryside Council for Wales is the agency responsible for the administration of nature conservation in Wales. It acts as the statutory adviser to the Government on the natural Environment in Wales.
Countryside Council For Wales
Maes y Ffynnon
Telephone: 0845 1306 229
Fax: 01248 355782
The Health and Safety Executive regulates and protect people against risks to health or safety arising out of work activities. Joint regulator with the Environment Agency, SEPA and NIEA in the administration of the control of Major Accident Hazards Regulations 1999 and the Control of Major Accident Hazards (Amendment) Regulations 2005.
Health and Safety Executive
Telephone: 0845 345 0055
Fax: 0845 408 9566
Minicom: 0845 408 9577
HSE Infoline: 0845 345 0055
The Drinking Water Inspectorate is responsible for regulating the quality of drinking water supplies within England and Wales.
Drinking Water Inspectorate,
Room M03, 55 Whitehall, London, SW1A 2EY
Telephone : 020 7270 3370
Facsimile : 020 7270 3177
The Drinking Water Quality Regulator regulates drinking water quality in Scotland.
Drinking Water Quality Regulator for Scotland
PO Box 23598
The inspectorate regulates drinking water quality in Northern Ireland and is a unit of the EHS.
Gaworks Business Park
Lower Ormeau Road
Telephone: (028) 9056 9291
Fax: (028) 9056 9286
Water companies have enforcement powers under the Water Supply (Water Fittings) Fittings Regulations 1999 to deal with waste and contamination arising from the installation and maintenance of plumbing systems, water fitting and other water using appliances.
You can get the contact details of your local water supplier from the local telephone book or from the Water UK website.
The Planning Inspectorate is responsible for processing of planning and enforcement appeals and holding inquiries into local development plans.
The Planning Inspectorate
Room 3/01 Kite Wing
Temple Quay House
2 The Square
Bristol BS1 6PN
Tel: 0117 372 6372
Inquiries relating to appeals in Wales should be directed to:
Tel: 029 2082 3866.
Policy Making Bodies
Principal government department for policy on the environment.
Customer Contact Unit
30 - 34 Albert Embankment
DEFRA Helpline: 08459 33 55 77
Devolved Government for Wales. It has a legal duty to encourage biodiversity and to promote ways of conserving the Welsh environment. Operations of the Countryside Council for Wales are set within WAG's Scheme for Sustainable Development.
Welsh Assembly Government
Phone: 0845 010 3300 (English) or 0845 010 4400 (Welsh)
International Enquiry Number (+44) 1443 845500
Email on website inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
Devolved Government for Scotland. Responsible for environmental policy making in Scotland in line with the UK framework for sustainable development.
Telephone Enquiry Line: +44 (0)8457 741 741 or +44 (0)131 556 8400
Fax: +44 (0)1397 795 001
Minicom: +44 (0)131 244 1829 (service for the deaf)
Devolved Goverment for Northern Ireland along with the Northern Ireland assembly. The department responsible for environmental policy making in the Executive is the Department of the Environment.
10-18 Adelaide Street,
Belfast, BT2 8GB
Telephone: 028 9054 0540