Waste Management Licensing Exemptions

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 the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA). Some activities involving waste materials are exempt from licensing if they meet the requirements detailed in Regulation 17 of the Waste Management Licensing Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2003.

Please note

Should you have any issues with your application during this time or wish to discuss, please do not hesitate to contact the appropriate contact number for your respective council area below.


We will continue to issue renewal reminders via e-mail until further notice, however the onus is on customers to ensure applications (including the any necessary supporting documentation) and payment are received in good time and no later than 4 weeks prior to the expiry date.

To avoid any unnecessary delay during this time, we ask that applications be submitted online where possible.  For those posting applications an advance e-mail copy of the application and any supporting documentation should be sent to darren.moore@daera-ni.gov.uk in the first instance.  Please note that any maps/drawings forwarded in hard copy should be no larger than A3 in size.

In relation to payment, we ask that this is made by BACS transfer where possible and a copy of the Departments bank details can be made available on request.  Cheques will continue to be accepted, however this may cause further delay.

General Correspondence (e.g. Exemption Certificates; Expiry Letters; Receipt Letters)

We will continue to issue these via e-mail until further notice, with the exception of Receipt Letters.  These will not be issued during this time.

Contact Numbers

  • Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council (28); and
    Mid and East Antrim Borough Council (36)
    028 9056 9800 / 028 9056 9869
  • Ards and North Down Borough Council (29); and
    Belfast City Council (31); and
    Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council (35)
    028 9056 9491 / 028 9056 9758
  • Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council (30); and
    Mid Ulster District Council - Magherafelt / Cookstown (37)
    028 9262 3267 / 028 9262 3216
  • Mid Ulster District Council - Dungannon (37); and
    Newry, Mourne and Down District Council (38)
    028 9262 3269
  • Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council (32); and
    Derry City and Strabane District Council - Derry (33)
    028 7744 2129 / 028 7744 5119
  • Derry City and Strabane District Council - Strabane (33); and
    Fermanagh and Omagh District Council (34)
    028 7744 2126 / 028 7744 2374


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