Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland

Pollution prevention and control permits for landfill sites

Pollution prevention and control permits for landfill sites

Before you start operating a landfill site, you must have a pollution prevention and control (PPC) permit from either:

  • the Northern Ireland Environment Agency
  • the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).

Your PPC permit will specify standards you must achieve to reduce or prevent pollution. It will identify requirements for the site's design, construction, operation and aftercare.

Applying for a permit

You need to fill in an application form if you want to:

  • apply for a new permit
  • vary (change), transfer or surrender your permit

NIEA: Guidance and Application forms for PPC permits

SEPA: Guidance and application forms for PPC permits

Many landfill sites no longer accept waste but you may still hold a PPC permit or waste management licence that you must comply with to prevent pollution. See the page in this guideline: Closed landfill sites

Cost of a PPC permit

You have to pay a charge with your application.

DAERA: Regulatory fees and charges, PPC (IE) permits

SEPA: PPC permit fees and charges (PDF, 181K)

In this guideline

Pollution prevention and control permits for landfill sites

Wastes you cannot landfill

Waste acceptance at landfills

Designing and monitoring landfills

Landfill tax

Closed landfill sites

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NIEA - Apply online

SEPA - Application forms