Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland
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.
In Northern Ireland, if you want to transfer, vary or surrender a waste management licence you should contact the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA).
InScotland, if you want to transfer, modify or surrender or transfer a waste management licence, you should contact your local SEPA office.
If you want to transfer a waste management licence to another person you need to make a joint application to your environmental regulator. There is an application fee.
You can apply to change the conditions of your waste management licence, but not the licence itself.
You will need a new waste management licence if you want to:
If you no longer keep, treat or dispose of waste you must surrender (cancel) your waste management licence. You must continue to comply with the licence conditions until you have surrendered the licence.
Your environmental regulator will only accept the surrender if the condition of the land is unlikely to cause pollution or harm human health. You may have to continue to look after your site for some time.
If you are unsure about how to transfer, vary or surrender your waste management licence, contact your environmental regulator.
Transferring, modifying, varying and surrendering a waste management licence
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