DPCC categories

DPCC categories of industries is done into four categories. The pollution index of each is the basis for each category type. The categories are as follows:

  • White category
  • Green category
  • Orange category
  • Red category

White category

The government of Delhi introduced the white category in 2016 which comes under DPCC categories to segregate the least polluting industry type of all. And as they are the non-polluting industry, so they don’t need the Consent to Operate and Consent to Establish. The industries falling under this category operates in

According to DPCC categories, the white category industry type has a pollution index from 0-20. This is considered the least pollution industry type.

Green category

All the industries that have the pollution index from 21-40 come under this category of industries. As these are considered polluting industries, so these industries have to get consent to operate and consent to establish.

Orange category

According to DPCC categories, orange category industries have a pollution index of 41-59.

And just like in the green category, orange category industries also have to submit the consent certificates before establishing and operating the industry.

Red category

Every industry that deposit hazardous and noxious materials come under Red category industries. Industries coming under this category are not permitted to function in Delhi jurisdiction.

H-category (DPCC categories)

The further classification of the red category has been done to H(a) and H(b) categories. These industries are not permitted to operate in the Delhi jurisdiction and includes all the hazardous/heavy/noxious and large industries.

H(a): DPCC categories of Hazardous/noxious industrial units

Cellulosic Products

S.no. Products Characteristics
1 Carbon and carbon blacks of all kinds Fire hazards
2 Crude oil refining, processing, and cracking, petroleum jelly, Naptha Cracking including gas packing, etc. Inflammable fumes and noise
3 Fuel oils, illuminating oils and other oils such as synthetic oil, shale oil lubricants Fire hazard
4 Industrial alcohol Unpleasant smell
5 Matches Fire hazard
6 Newsprint The unpleasant smell, contaminated wastewater, fire hazard.
7 Paints, enamels, colors, varnish Fire hazard
8 Petroleum-coke, graphite production Fire hazard
9 Printing ink Fire hazard
10 Rayon fiber, waste products, mayophane paper, etc. cellulose nitrate, cellulose articles, scraps and solution Fire hazard

Cement and Refractories

S.no. Products Characteristics
1 Enameling vitreous Smoke
2 Glass furnaces (more than 3-ton capacity) Fire hazard
3 Heavy metal forging (using steam and power hammer) Noise, smoke vibration
4 Mechanical stone crushing Dust, slurry, noise
5 Portland cement Dust
6 Refractories Smoke

Explosive and Ammunition

S.no. Products Characteristics
1 Explosives or their ingredients such as fireworks, gun powder, gun cotton, etc. Fire hazard
2 Industrial gelatin nitroglycerin and fulminate Fire hazard


S.no. Products Characteristics
1 Nitrogenous and phosphate fertilizers, except missing  of fertilizers for compounding (large scale ) Fire, noise, noxious gases and dust


S.no. Products Characteristics
1 Abattoirs The obnoxious smell, wastewater
2 Alcohol distillery, breweries, and potable spirits Noise, fire hazard, unpleasant smell due to oxygen
3 Sewer refining The unpleasant smell, fire hazard
4 Vegetable oil Noise, unpleasant smell

Inorganic chemical industries

S.no. Products Characteristics
1 Sulfuric acid, nitric acid, acetic acid, hydrochloric acid, phosphoric acid, battery acid, benzoic acid, carbolic acid, sulfuric acid, etc. Fire hazard, offensive fumes, and smoke
2 Alkalis-caustic soda, caustic potash, soda ash, etc. Fire hazard corrosive
3 Carbon-disulfide, ultramarine blue, chlorine-hydrogen etc. Fire hazard, dust, and fumes
4 Mineral salts (which involve use of acids) Fire hazard, fumes, and smoke

Leather and other Animal Products

S.no. Products Characteristics
1 Animal and fish oil Fire hazard
2 Bone- grist, bone meal, bone powder or storage of bones in open Obnoxious smell
3 Glue and gelatin from bones and flesh Obnoxious smell
4 Leather tanning Obnoxious smell

Metallurgic industries

S.no. Products Characteristics
1 Blast furnaces oxides of mixtures Noise, dust, smoke and fire hazard
2 Roasting of ore sulfide, oxides of mixtures Noise, dust, smoke and fire hazard
3 Sintering, smelting Noise, dust, smoke and fire hazard

Organic Chemical Industries

S.no. Products Characteristics
1 Acetylides, pyridine iodoform, chloroform, etc. Fire hazard, smell
2 Compressed permanent liquefied and dissolved material passes Fire hazard
3 Dyes and dye-stuff intermediates Acidic liquid effluent
4 Insecticides, pesticides, fungicides Unpleasant smell, dusty and fire hazard
5 Organic solvent, chlorinated minerals, methanol aldehydes, methylated spirits Fire hazard, unpleasant smell
6 Phenol and related industries based on coal distillation Fire hazard
7 Polythene, P.V.C., resin, nylon Fire hazard
8 Synthetic detergents Liquid effluent with an unpleasant smell
9 Synthetic rubber Liquid effluent with an unpleasant smell


S.no. Products Characteristics
1 Ammonium Sulphocyanide, arsenic and its compounds, barium carbonate, barium cyanide, barium ethyl sulfate, barium acetate, copper sulphocyanide, ferrocyanide, hydro-cyanic acid, potassium bioclimate, potassium-cyanide, pyrogallic acid, and silver cyanide Contamination of food if the store on the same floor or on floors above, fire hazard.

Radioactive elements

S.no. Products Characteristics
1 Thorium, radium and similar isotopes, and recovery of rare- earth elements Radiation hazard

Rubber industries

S.no. Products Characteristics
1 Reclamation of rubber and production of tires, rubber solutions containing mineral naphtha, rubber waster Unpleasant smell, dust, fire hazard

Wood and wood products

S.no. Products Characteristics
1 Distillation of wood, seasoning, and curing Fire hazard, obnoxious gases readily ignitable


S.no. Products Characteristics
1 Calcium carbide, phosphorous, aluminum dust paste and power, copper, zinc, etc. Fire hazard

H(B): DPCC categories for Heavy and Large Industries

Agricultural implements (large scale) Motorcycles and scooters
Air and gas compressor Optical glass
Aircraft building Other primary metal industries (e.g. cold rolled sheet, alloy sheet, etc.)
Automobiles and coach-building Power-driven pump and pumping equipment
Bicycles (large-scale) Sewing machines (large scale)
Conveyors and conveying equipment Sluice gates and gearing
Cotton textile (large-scale) Special industrial machinery
Cranes and hoists Steam engines
Diesel engines Steel pipes and tubes
Earthmoving machinery Steel chains
Electrical steel sheets and stamping Steelworks, rolling and e-rolling mills
Electrical wires and cables (large-scale) Structural steel fabrication (large-scale)
Foundries (heavy)  Sugar
Central industry machinery (such as hydraulic equipment, drilling equipment, boilers, etc.) Telephone equipment
Heavy iron and steel forcing Tractors and agricultural machinery (power drive)
Reinforced cement concrete pipes Under frames and chassis
Industrial trucks, trailers, etc. Water turbines
 Lifts Wire ropes
Locomotive and wagons Woolen textiles (large-scale)

If your industry/company falls in any of the category groups mentioned above, then it is advised that you ascertain DPCC license now. Our experts will get the whole process done in 30-35 days. In case you have any queries/doubts for the same, you can either contact us at +91 8750008585 or email us at [email protected].

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