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Pollution Control Board License


The Ministry of Environment, Forest, and Climate regulates the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) in India, which is issued by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate. The aim of this board is to keep an eye on levels of pollution in the water, air, and noise, as well as provide guidelines for maintaining quality.

In addition, each state has a pollution control board. All companies that discharge operational wastes into the sewage system are required to obtain permission from the State Pollution Board since this process is likely to pollute the environment. Permission has to be taken as per the Air (Pollution & Control of Pollution) Act, 1981 and Water (Pollution & Control of Pollution) Act,1974. The State Pollution and Control Board must approve any process or industry that stores, generates, disposes of, handles, or transports hazardous substances as specified by the Hazardous Waste (Handling and Management) Rules.

According to the Biomedical Waste (M&H) Rules, all medical institutes that produce bio-waste must obtain permission from the appropriate authorities.

NOC, or No Objection Certificate, is the acronym for the above-mentioned consents.

What MPCB Consent Certificate?

The Maharashtra Pollution Control Board issues MPCB Consent Certificates under the terms of the Water (P & CP) Act, 1974 and the Air (P & CP) Act, 1981. Any industry, activity, process, or extension, as well as medical institutions, that discharge, store, handle, or transport substances such as poisonous gases, wastewater, noise, or any other waste that harms or pollutes the environment, must first obtain permission from the Pollution Control Board.

What are trade effluents?

  • Smoke emissions (including smoke from cooking)
  • Fly ashes
  • Medical waste
  • Chemical waste
  • Detergent washing remnants

Types of No Objection Certificates

There are three main permissions which are applied for and they are:

  • Consent to Establish

    This consent to Establish must obtain by the manufacturing organization before beginning any Enterprise. This Certificate is valid for 5 years from the date of purchase, but not after that.

  • MPCB Consent to Operate

    After receiving Consent to Establish from the Maharashtra pollution control board under the Water Act 1974 and the Air Act 1981, this consent must be obtained before beginning production operation.

  • MPCB - Renewal of consent

    This consent must be renewed before the expiration of the MPCB's consent under the Water Act of 1974 and the Air Act of 1981.

Clearances or Permissions Required

All industries or processing units must obtain permissions and clearances based on the nature of their work.

  • Before any operation can begin, the State Pollution Control Board must offer permission in the form of a NOC. In the case of factories that produce high levels of emissions, an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report must be completed and submitted to the State Pollution Control Board for approval.
  • The State Pollution Control Board must give a no-objection certificate to any industry that uses water or affects effluent disposal.
  • Industries that operate outside of designated industrial areas must be approved by the municipality, Municipal Corporation, or Panchayat. To convert agricultural land to industrial land, you'll need permission from the relevant authority.
  • Chief Inspector of Boilers must provide his NOC, before starting boiler operations in an industry or process,
  • Permission from the Development Commissioner of the Export Processing Zone (EPZ) is required to take advantage of other government rebates

Industry Categories

The Ministry of Environment, Forestry, and Climate Change established strict guidelines to protect the environment. This definition divides industries into four categories: WHITE, GREEN, ORANGE, and RED, and it is widely used throughout the world.

This classification of industries is necessary not only for the location of the industry, but also to grant NOCs, manage consent, and provide additional guidelines. The concept of classification of industries is dynamic and keeps changing with time.

Procedure for Air Pollution Control Board License Registration

This procedure can be completed online:

  • 01. Fill out the application form and submit it on the official website.
  • 02. Supporting documents must be scanned and submitted to the website along with the form.
  • 03. Payment of the prescribed fee is required.
  • 04. Different committees and representatives have been assigned to review the applications to speed up the process
  • 05. An approved officer assigns the application to a Field Officer who visits the industry location to review it. A visit report is prepared by the Field Officer and sent to the Sub Regional Officer.
  • 06. Application is accepted or denied based on the above assessment and scrutiny.

Documents to get Pollution Control Board NOC

  • Site or location plan where the industry established.
  • Land legal documents such as Lease Deeds, Registration Deeds, and Jamabandis clearly state the details of the land where the industry is to be established.
  • Memorandum and Article of Association, Partnership Deed or Proprietorship Certificate as applicable.
  • Flowchart depicting the production process.
  • Prior permission to operate that the applicant has been granted.
  • Undertaking that the mentioned site is in a designated industrial area and that the establishment's proposal has been approved. In addition, all revenue entries must be detailed.
  • Documents related to operation, place, and state where the industry is being established
  • Any other certificate is required.
  • A Request letter must be sent for renewal, and the reason for the work not being completed within the projected timeframe, as well as the project's status, must be included in the submission.

Validity of MPCB Consent Order

Consent to Established (CTE) and Consent to Operate (CTO) under the Orange category shall be allotted for a maximum of 5 years and in the Green category shall be allotted for a maximum of 10 years. It is subject to renewal after a certain amount of time has passed. Any business entity that changes its business practice, expands or otherwise changes its operations must file a new consent/CTO with the Maharashtra Pollution Control Committee.

Frequently Asked Questions ?

State Pollution Control board grants NOC and Pollution licenses to businesses.

Industries in the white category are exempt from obtaining a CTO/CTE/NOC/Pollution license as they are non-polluting.

The CTO issued to industries in the red category is valid for five years from the date of issue. If you do not reapply for a CTO extension or renewal, you will be charged a penalty.

The CTO for industries in the orange group is valid for ten years from the date of issue. If you do not reapply for a CTO extension or renewal, you will be charged a penalty.

Green category industries' CTOs are valid for seven to fifteen years from the date of issue. The validity of CTOs released for green category sectors, on the other hand, varies depending on the state's policies. If you do not reapply for a CTO extension or renewal, you will be charged a fee.

The consent must be renewed at least one month before its validity expires.

The red category industries are allotted CTO valid up to the end of March.

The orange category industries are allotted CTO valid up to the end of September.

The green category industries are allotted CTO valid up to the end of December.

It is calculated based on the amount of possible emissions (pollutants in the air, water, and hazardous waste) as well as the use of raw materials.

6 Regional Directorates of CPCB are located at:

  • Shillong
  • Bhopal
  • Bengaluru
  • Lucknow
  • Vadodara
  • Kolkata