Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland

Does your business need a permit, licence or exemption?

Does your business need a permit, licence or exemption?

Your business may need one or more of the following permits, licences or exemptions.

Pollution prevention and control permit if you operate an installation or mobile plant which carries out:

  • part A, B or C activities: Northern Ireland
  • part A or B activities: Scotland

PPC Permits


Waste management licence or registered exemption if you carry out certain waste management activities or use waste mobile plant:

Waste management licences


Hazardous/special waste notification if you move hazardous waste:

Hazardous/special waste


Waste carrier or broker registration if you transport waste or arrange for someone else's waste to be disposed of or recovered:

Waste storage and transport


Northern Ireland: Radioactive substances certificate of registration if you keep or use radioactive materials and a radioactive waste authorisation if you store or dispose of radioactive waste:

Scotland: an authorisation which can be GBRs, a Notification, a Registration or a Permit for radioactive substances activities

Radioactive materials


Water discharge consent or groundwater authorisation or authorisation under the Controlled Activities Regulations (Scotland) if you discharge sewage or polluting material into rivers, streams, lochs, loughs, ponds, canals, reservoirs, coastal water, estuaries or groundwater:

Discharges to water and sewer


Trade effluent consent or agreement if you discharge trade effluent into the public sewerage system:

Trade effluent - managing liquid wastes


Water abstraction or water impounding authorisation or authorisation under the Controlled Activities Regulations (Scotland) if you take or hold water from surface water or groundwater:

Water use and abstraction

Additional resources


Further information

Read our more detailed description of the environmental permits, licences and authorisations you may need:

Permits and licences - an overview

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