Introduction to H.P. State Pollution Control Board

The H.P. State Pollution Control Board is a nodal agency in the administrative structure of the State Government, for the planning, promotion, coordination and overseeing the implementation of environmental programs. It was about three decades now that the foundation of the current direction on Environment Protection was laid and a legislative base initially formed at the national level to protect the environment from the adverse impacts of rapidly expanding industrial society. The legislative & technological bases have substantially expanded in the subsequent period primarily necessitated by the agglomeration and magnification of the problems resultant to the development for outpacing the capabilities to resolve them. 


A beginning made in the mid-seventies encompassing and integrating environmental concerns in a comprehensive national policy proved quite useful with a tangible degree of success in the subsequent years with highly manifest forms of environmental pollution and other significant concern s of immediate nature. This prompted constant policy and legislative reviews and making suitable amendments wherever necessary to protect the nation from the lurking threat of environmental degradation. Over these years a continuous effort has been made by the Board to expand its activities to fulfill the demands of emerging ecological concerns, challenges and new statutes. The principal activities undertaken by H.P. State Pollution Control Board consist of prevention & control of pollution, protection of environment, in the framework of following legislation. 


Water (Prevention & Control of Pollution) Act, 1974: The Parliament in the 25th year of the Republic promulgated this legislation in pursuance to Clause - 1 of Article 252 of the Constitution of India, with the objective of prevention and control of water pollution and maintenance and restoration of wholesomeness of water. The H.P. State Pollution Control Board was constituted in 1974 under the provisions of this Act 


Water (Prevention & Control of Pollution) Cess Act, 1977: This Act provides for levy of cess on the water consumed for specific purposes with a view to dissuade wasteful and indiscreet use of water. 


Air (Prevention & Control of Pollution) Act, 1981: On the analogy of the Water (Prevention & Control of Pollution) Act, 1974 the Union Government promulgated another identical legislation which was exclusively meant to deal with the problems of air quality and preservation and maintenance thereof. 


Environment (Protection) Act, 1986: In order to provide the existing legislation for the control of water and air pollution more effectively and to remove the deficiency of this legislation, the Union Government enacted another umbrella legislation in the 37th Year of Republic. The prime objective of the legislation was to plug the existing statutory gaps whereby tremendous responsibilities by way of functions have been entrusted to the State Board. The following prominent rules and notifications are significant in context to the role and functions of the H.P. State Pollution Control Board:- 


  • Manufacture, Storage and Import of Hazardous Chemical Rules, 1989. 

  • The Hazardous Waste (Management & Handling) Rules, 1989/2000 

  • Rules for Manufacture, Use, Import, Export, and Storage of Hazardous Microorganism, Genetically Engineered Organisms or Cells, 1989. 

  • Noise Pollution (Control and Regulation) Rules, 1999. 

  • Biomedical Wastes (Management & Handling) Rules, 1998. 

  • Recycled Plastics Manufacture and Usage Rules, 1999/2003. 

  • Municipal Solid Wastes (Management & Handling) Rules, 2000. 

  • Ozone Depleting Substances (Regulation & Control) Rules, 2000. 

  • Batteries (Management & Handling) Rules, 2000. 

Objectives & Functions of HPSPCB

Objectives of  Himachal Pradesh State Pollution Board Committee (HPSPCB) 

  • Sustainable Development:- Sustainable development is a wide concept that balances the need for economic growth with environmental protection and social equity.

  • Prevention:- Prevention of natural resources.

  • Waste Management- Effective Waste Management is a great source to protect the environment.

  • Consumer awareness:- pollution can be reduced by awareness such as by convincing  general public to use CFL, Paper Bags, public transport and not to use firecrackers.

  • Compliance- HPSPCB laid down some guidelines for industries and Health care establishment to reduce environment Pollutant in Himachal Pradesh.

Main Functions of the Himachal Pradesh State Pollution Board Committee (HPSPCB) 

  • Provide recommendation to the Himchal Pradesh Government on any matter concerning prevention and control  of water and air  pollution and improvement of the quality of air.

  • Organize the consumer awareness programmes on the prevention and control of air and water pollution and waste management through mass media.

  • Collect, compile and prepare technical and statistical data related to air and water pollution.

  • Lay down the standard of sewage and trade effluents  and for emission from industrial plant, automobiles and Health Care Establishment .

  • To help on the development of new  technology for treatment of sewage, trade effluents and control equipment.

  • Issuance of consent certificate to industries falling in different categories such as Orange,  Green and White.

  • Issuance the Authorization to industries and health care establishments, falling in  Bio-Medical waste Authorization, Hazardous waste Management Authorization, Plastic Waste Management, Battery waste Management, and E-waste Authorization

HPSPCB Categories & Classification of Business Activities

The industries in Himchal Pradesh has been classified in Red, Orange, and Green category as per the list, indicating the classification of 649  industries as per new guidelines.

The industries categorized under Red, Orange and Green category only need to apply for Consent to Establish (CTE) and Consent to Operate (CTO) under the Air & Water Act. The industries categorized under white category are not required to obtain Consent to establish and operate, it is required only to intimate Himchal Pradesh State Pollution Control Board(HPSPCB) within 30 days from Establishment of business with an undertaking.

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For Green Category-> click here

For Exempted Category-> click here

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Importance of HPSPCB Consent Certificate

Why HPSPCB certificate is Important

  • For the establishment of any new or to continue as existing industries

  • For the new or change in Electricity connection

  • For new or change in Water connection

  • For obtaining a license or renewal from Municipal Authority

  • For Obtaining a License or renewal  from police/ Eating House License

  • For Obtaining Noc from Central Ground Water Authority (CGWA)

  • For Obtaining NOC from the Fire Department

  • For Obtaining license for International Trade

Who are required to take HPSPCB Consent certificate

  • Manufacturing Entities

  • Health care Establishments

  • Traders

  • E-waste Management entities.

  • Solid waste Management entities

  • Hazardous Waste Management entities

  • Battery Waste Management entities

  • Plastic Waste Management entities

  • Bio-Medical Waste Management entities


The following documents and information are required for obtaining consent to Establish (CTE) and Consent to Operate(CTO)


Orange and Green Category:-


  • Authorized Person Pan card

  • Authorized Person Aadhar card must be linked with updated Mobile No.

  • Pan card of the unit  in case of Partnership/Company

  •  Authorization letter (except Proprietorship)

  • Muncipal/Industry license

  • Factory/Trade/health Trade License

  • Proof of registration of the Unit

  • CA Letter for total project cost

  • Site Plan / Naksha.

  • FSSAI Certificate for food businesses

  • Electricity bill

  • Proof of Ownership

  • Water Bill

  • GST Certificate


Validity Of HPSPCB Consent Order:


Consent to Established (CTE )and Consent to Operate (CTO) under Orange category shall be issued for maximum five years and in the Green category shall be issued for maximum ten years. After the particular period,  it is liable for renewal. Any business entity undergoing change in business activity, expansion etc is required to file for fresh consent/CTO from Himchal Pradesh state Pollution Control Committee.

Flowchart: How to obtain HPSPCB CTE/CTO consent

Document Collection
Business Activity Verification
White Category Business Activity
Green Category Business Activity
Orange Category Business Activity
Online submission of Documents
HPSPCB Undertaking Generation
HPSPCB Certificate Generation
Submission of Signed Hard copy to HPSPCB 
Is site under Industrial Area
Is site under Redevelopment Area
Refusal of HPSPCB Consent
SDM Letter/Industry Inspector Letter
Online Submission of Documents
HPSPCB CTE Application Generation
Submission of Signed CTE Hard Copy application to HPSPCB 
Issuance of CTE Consent Certificate
Requirement of Pollution Control Device
Installation of Pollution Control Equipment
HPSPCB Lab monitoring of Control equipment
Generation of HPSPCB CTO Application
Generation of HPSPCB CTO Application
Submission of Signed CTO Application to HPSPCB
Issuance of CTO Certificate

Corpseed Procedure to Obtain Pollution Control Consent/NOC/License from HPSPCB

  • Connect to Corpseed team

  • Provide necessary documents required for Pollution Consent/CTE/CTO

  • We will assign a dedicated Consultant, expert in managing the whole Process of getting Consent/CTE/CTO from HPSPCB

  • Our Pollution Control expert will consult you and complete the whole procedure to obtain Pollution License for your Business Activity

  • Our Expert Consultant will draft & file the application with Pollution Control Board

  • We will deliver Concent/CTE/CTO to you via email and courier

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