Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland

Transferring, modifying, varying and surrendering 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.

Contact your environmental regulator

In Northern Ireland, if you want to transfer, vary or surrender a waste management licence you should contact the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA).

NIEA: Contact details

InScotland, if you want to transfer, modify or surrender or transfer a waste management licence, you should contact your local SEPA office.

SEPA: Contacting SEPA

Transferring a waste management licence

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.

NIEA: Apply online

SEPA: Application forms

Modifying or varying a waste management licence

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:

  • carry out activities not covered by your licence
  • carry out activities outside currently licensed sites.

NIEA: Apply online

SEPA: Application forms

Surrendering a waste management licence

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.

NIEA: Apply online

SEPA: Application forms

Further information on changing a waste management licence

If you are unsure about how to transfer, vary or surrender your waste management licence, contact your environmental regulator.

NIEA: Contact details

SEPA: Contacting SEPA

In this Guideline

About waste management licences

Waste management licensing exemptions

How do you apply for a waste management licence?

Transferring, modifying, varying and surrendering a waste management licence

Application forms and guidance for waste management licensing

Waste management licensing legislation

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NIEA - Apply online

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