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How to Apply?

I. Procedure for issue of first Consent for Operation (CFO) under Water (Prevention & Control of Pollution) Act, 1974 and Air (Prevention & Control of Pollution) Act, 1981 and Authorization under the Hazardous and Other Wastes (Management and Transboundary Movement) Rules, 2016

The APPCB is issuing Consent for Operation (CFO) and Hazardous Waste Authorization (HWA) combinedly. The occupier of industry/activity/project uploads the CFO (fresh) application along with prescribed fee and required documents (list given below) online through the “Single Desk Portal” –

Internal processing of application:

  • On receipt of online application, the official of concerned Regional Office (RO), APPCB inspects the industry. Inspection of the industry/activity is completed within 72 hours of receipt of application on Single Desk Portal.
  • As per the delegation of powers, the applications are processed at RO level or they are forwarded along with the inspection report to the Zonal Office (ZO)/ Head Office (HO) for processing.

The delegation of powers can be viewed here: <Click here>

  • The official may before or after inspection seek additional information through Single Desk Portal from the applicant for the purpose of processing the application.
  • The RO/ZO/HO of APPCB process application as per delegated powers within the stipulated timelines.
  • The proposals are placed before the CFO committees of the Board for examination and for recommendations.
  • The decision (issue of consent/rejection of application) on approval is communicated and the approval order / rejection order is uploaded in the Single Desk Portal within the stipulated time lines for the user to download. The Rejection order contains the reasons for rejection.


Category       Stipulated Time

Green                  7 days
Orange               15 days
Red                     21 days

List of documents:

  • Compliance status of CFE conditions.

Validity: The validity of CFO (fresh) order is 5 /10 / 15 years for Red / Orange / Green Categories respectively provided Occupier pays required fee. The occupier shall submit reasons if fee is not paid for full period of validity ie 5/10/15 years as applicable.


  • All the columns of the Applications shall be filled up with relevant information or else shall be mentioned as “Not Applicable”. No Column of application shall be left unfilled.
  • The proponent is requested to ensure that entire data is filled in the application substantiating with necessary/relevant documents, for hassle-free processing of the CFO applications.

II. CFO Renewal:

There are two ways of renewing the CFO and HWA authorisation. They are:

1. Auto-renewal System (Click here for details)
In Auto-renewal system, called “Green Channel”,  CFO and HWA are renewed based on self certification to all categories of industries to all industries/projects.activities subject to fullfilling to the following conditions

bulletleaf-green Apply for renewal within stipulated time

bulletleaf-green There are no fresh directions under 33 (A) of water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act and 31(A) of Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act since last three months.

bulletleaf-green There are no pending directions from Courts / Appellate Authority / National Green Tribunal / any Judicial Authority and there are no pending fresh cases from last three months.

bulletleaf-green There is no increase in production and / or in pollution load.

bulletleaf-green In the case of increase in the capital investment the industry shall pay additional CFE and CFO fee on increased investment.

The Occupier shall submit online the following documents for Auto-renewal of CFO and HWA
bulletleaf-green Prescribed Consent Fee

bulletleaf-green Latest capital investment in the form of Latest Annual Report or Audited balance sheet certified by the Charted Accountant.

bulletleaf-green Auto Renewal Form cum Self Certification enclosed as Annexure – A.

2. Regular Renewal System
In case of renewal, consent applications are to be submitted online through The applications are verified and examined at field level for specific compliance status on case to case basis by the RO / Board Officials. All the applications with verification reports are placed in the respective CFO Committees as per delegation of powers of RO/ZO/HO to examine the compliance status & to decide the issue of combined order of CFO & HW Authorization/Rejection of Applications. The Occupier shall not be operate without having valid Consent of the Board.


III. Delegation of Powers:

The issue of consent or rejection of CFO & HW applications will be dealt as per the delegation of powers given below:



in Rs.

Delegation of powers to issue / rejection


a. Requiring Environmental Clearance (EC cases including 17 category) as per the EIA notification 

> 5 Crores

Head Office

b. All Bulk Drugs, intermediates & fine chemical industries, Sponge
Iron industries & Bio-mass Power plants

of investment


a. Environmental Clearance cases (excluding 17 category)

≤ 5 Crores

Zonal Office

b. All Red category cases (Excluding Zonal Office cases at S.No.s Ia
& Ib)

of investment

c.  Orange Category

> 1 Crore


a.  Orange category

≤  1 Crore

Regional Office

b.  All Green category

of investment

All the applications are placed in the respective CFO Committees existing at different levels i.e., HO / ZO / RO for taking appropriate decisions.


IV. List of documents to be enclosed with CFO applications:

bulletleaf-green Latest Analysis reports (Effluent and Emission).
bulletleaf-green Ambient Air Quality Reports.
bulletleaf-green Compliance status of Consent conditions

  1. All the columns of the Applications shall be filled up with relevant information or else shall be mentioned as “Not Applicable”. No Column of application shall be left unfilled.
  2. The proponent is requested to go through the CFO Verification Report format (Red, Orange, Green) and ensure that entire data is filled in the application substantiating with necessary/relevant documents, for hassle-free processing of the CFO applications.


Environmental Compliance Inspection process:

1.Red Category (High Risk) – 17 category industries as identified by CPCB, Ports, CETPs, TSDF, CBMWTFs, Ferro Alloy and sponge iron industries – To be inspected once in 6 months : Circular dated 12.02.2016 has been issued on Software based tool for Randomized Risk Based Inspections. (See: circular dated 12.02.2016)

2. Orange category (Medium Risk) : Board entrusted Environmental Compliance monitoring for the identified medium risk industries to reputed institutions like Andhra University, Visakhapatnam; JNTU, Kakinada; Nagarajuna University, Guntur; SV University, Tirupathi allocating districts, inspection procedure, terms and conditions. (See: circulars dated 23.05.2016 & 03.06.2016)

3. Green category (Low Risk): Exemption of physical inspection of Green Category industries: Green category industries maintaining satisfactory compliance (i.e., those industries which are not served with closure / stop production orders by Board or not issued with any prohibitory orders by the Courts), are exempted from physical inspection. (See: circulars dated 03.06.2016 & 22.09.2003)