Introduction To Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB)

Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB), was established on 27.2.1982. It functions with Head Office at Chennai, 7 Zonal offices and 38 District offices. The Board office is headed by the Chairman, Zonal offices are headed by the Joint Chief Environmental Engineers, and the 38 District offices are headed by District Environmental Engineers. Two flying squads are also functioning at Erode and Tiruppur which are headed by the Environmental Engineers.

  1. To assist in the Analytical and Scientific side, the Board has established 8 Advanced Environmental Laboratories, 8 District Environmental Laboratories.
  2. TNPCB is implementing the Pollution Control Legislations and Rules and Notifications framed therein. In discharging the duties entrusted to it, the Board investigates, collects and disseminates data relating to water, air and land pollution, lays down standards for sewage/trade effluent and emissions.
  3. TNPCB issues consent to new industries in two stages. Consent to establish is issued depending upon the suitability of the site before the industry takes up the construction activities and consent to operate is issued after installation of pollution control measures by the unit to satisfy the standards.


Flowchart: How to Obtain Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) CTE/CTO/NOC

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


Objectives & Functions of Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB)

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

  1. Prevention:- Prevention of natural resources.
  2. Waste Management- Effective Waste Management is a great source to protect the environment.
  3. Consumer awareness:- pollution can be reduced by awareness such as by convincing the general public to use CFL, Paper Bags, public transport and not to use firecrackers.
  4. Compliance- TNPCB laid down some guidelines for industries and Health care establishments to reduce environment Pollutant in Tamil Nadu.


Main Functions of Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) 

  1. Provide recommendations to the Tamil Nadu Government on any matter concerning prevention and control of water and air pollution and improvement of the quality of air.
  2. Organize the consumer awareness programs on the prevention and control of air and water pollution and waste management through mass media.
  3. Collect, compile and prepare technical and statistical data related to air and water pollution.
  4. Lay down the standard of sewage and trade effluents and for emission from industrial plants, automobiles and Health Care establishments.
  5. To help with the development of new technology for the treatment of sewage, trade effluents, and control equipment.
  6. Issuance of consent certificate to industries falling in different categories such as Orange,  Green and White.
  7. 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


Tamil Nadu State Pollution Control Board Online Consent Management Categories

The industries in Tamil Nadu 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 Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) within 30 days from Establishment of business with an undertaking.


What is The Importance of Tamil Nadu State Pollution Control Board TNPCB Online Consent Certificate

  1. For the establishment of any new or to continue as existing industries
  2. For the new or change in Electricity connection
  3. For new or change in Water connection
  4. For obtaining a license or renewal from Municipal Authority
  5. For Obtaining a License or renewal  from police/ Eating House License
  6. For Obtaining Noc from Central Ground Water Authority (CGWA)
  7. For Obtaining NOC from the Fire Department
  8. For Obtaining license for International Trade


Who Are Required to Take Tamil Nadu State Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) NOC/Consent

  1. Manufacturing Entities
  2. Health care Establishments
  3. Traders
  4. E-waste Management entities.
  5. Solid waste Management entities
  6. Hazardous Waste Management entities
  7. Battery Waste Management entities
  8. Plastic Waste Management entities
  9. Bio-Medical Waste Management entities

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


Tamil Nadu State Pollution Control Board Orange and Green Categories:

  1. Authorized Person Pan card
  2. Authorized Person Aadhar card must be linked with updated Mobile No.
  3. Pan card of the unit  in case of Partnership/Company
  4.  Authorization letter (except Proprietorship)
  5. Muncipal/Industry license
  6. Factory/Trade/health Trade License
  7. Proof of registration of the Unit
  8. CA Letter for total project cost
  9. Site Plan / Naksha.
  10. FSSAI Certificate for food businesses
  11. Electricity bill
  12. Proof of Ownership
  13. Water Bill
  14. GST Certificate


Validity Of Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) Consent Order:

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


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