Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland

Waste management licences

You may need a waste management licence if you:

  • operate a landfill
  • store other people's waste
  • treat waste, carry out recycling or use mobile plant
  • carry out final disposal of waste.

You may need a waste management licence if you carry out these activities on your land or use a vehicle or mobile plant such as a mobile incinerator.

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About waste management licences

Read about waste management licences

Waste management licensing exemptions

Read about waste exemptions

How do you apply for a waste management licence?

There are two types of waste management licence:

  • licences for site plant for facilities
  • licences for mobile plant.

Read about how to apply for a waste management licence

Transferring, modifying, varying and surrendering a waste management licence

Transferring a waste management licence is passing it to another responsible person, without changing the activities or conditions.

Modifying or varying a waste management licence is changing the conditions of the licence, without changing the activities.

Surrendering a waste management licence is cancelling and ending the licence.

Read about transferring, modifying or surrendering a waste management licence

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