Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland
There are two types of waste management licence:
If you think you need a licence, contact your environmental regulator to find out which type of licence you need.
If you operate mobile plant that has been licensed in Scotland you can use the plant in England and Wales without an environmental permit.
If you have an environmental permit in England and Wales you must also get a waste management licence to operate mobile plant in Scotland.
You can apply for, modify, surrender or transfer a waste management licence online.
If your site requires planning approval you must get this before you apply for a waste management licence.
You have planning approval if you have:
To apply for planning approval or for further information contact your planning authority or local council planning service.
You should apply to your environmental regulator using the official application form and include:
When your environmental regulator issues you with a waste management licence it will include conditions you have to comply with. These are aimed at preventing your activity causing harm to the environment or human health.
Conditions are likely to cover:
If your site closes, you must continue to comply with your licence conditions until your environmental regulator issues you with a certificate of completion.
Your site must be managed by a competent person. This person must be involved in the day to day running of the site.
If you operate a licensed waste management facility you, or someone who works for you, must hold a Waste Management Industry Training and Advisory Board (WAMITAB) Certificate of Technical Competence (CoTC). The level of certificate needed depends on your activities.
The Northern Ireland Environment Agency has published a short guide to the duty of care responsibilities including advice and information for waste producers, carriers and those accepting, storing and treating waste.
Any person intending to alter the use or management of areas of uncultivated or semi-natural land must obtain prior approval from the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA).
Read more on the DAERA website
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