B6.2 UK Policies and Controls

You do not need detailed knowledge of legislation for the exam.

Please note that due to the IEMA ending the course, this section is no longer being up-dated.


Legislation in the UK is divided into different areas. Legislation affecting:

  • England and Wales.
  • Scotland.
  • Northern Ireland.


Please note that the following section provides details of several pieces of legislation. It is not necessary for you to remember them all.

They have been provided to give an overview of the sorts of issues that are covered by legislation, which you can see are wide-ranging.

Each organisation has legislation that is considered ‘key’, but this differs from organisation to organisation. However, the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and the Noise and Statutory Nuisance Act 1993 are generally considered to be the key legislation relating to nuisance.