Waste Management Licensing

This section provides Information on how to apply for a waste management licence.

Waste management licensing authorisations

Under the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997 and the Waste Management Licensing Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2003, all activities involving the treatment, keeping or disposal of waste must be authorised by NIEA and must be carried out in accordance with that authorisation.

The department has introduced a new online service that allows you to

  • Apply for a new Waste Management, Mobile Plant and ATF Licence
  • Modify a Licence
  • Transfer a Licence
  • Surrender a Licence

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To apply online click on the Start button below

The Waste Management Licensing regulations (Northern Ireland) 2003 came into operation in December 2003. NIEA are responsible for granting licences, setting conditions on licensing activities and monitoring site to ensure compliance with licence conditions.

Under the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order, a waste management licence is required to authorise the deposit, treating, keeping or disposal of controlled waste on any land, or treatment or disposal of controlled waste by means of mobile plant.

The department cannot issue a waste management licence unless you demonstrate at the time of application that:-

  • you hold the required planning permission
  • you have a water discharge consent (if required)
  • you are a fit and proper person

What do I need to apply for a waste management licence ?

The department has outlined the process and information required when applying for a waste management licence in the regulatory position statement - see link below.

Regulatory position statement


For further information please contact:

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