Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland
Pollution prevention and control (PPC) permits and waste management licences regulate business activities that could have an impact on the environment or human health.
You may require a PPC permit because of the type and size of the activities your business carries out. You can apply for a PPC permit:
For example, you may need a PPC permit if your business carries out:
You must comply with the conditions of your permit or you could be fined or even sent to prison.
You may need a waste management licence from the NIEA or SEPA, for example if you:
You are unlikely to need a licence if you only store waste that you produce and an authorised waste carrier removes it from your site regularly. However, you must check that anyone who handles your waste has the correct permit, licence or exemption.
Your activity may qualify for an exemption from waste management licensing. Whether you need a licence or to register an exemption will depend on:
If your activity is exempt, you may still need to register it with the NIEA or SEPA. You will still need to comply with controls to prevent pollution and harm to human health.
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