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

At present there may be a delay in processing Waste Management Exemption (WMEX) applications. Should you have any issues or wish to discuss, please do not hesitate to contact the appropriate Case Officer(s), details of which are included below.

Renewals due over the next 3-4 months

We will continue to issue renewal reminders where possible, 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.

For those posting applications, we ask that during this time you send an advance email copy of the application and any supporting documentation to darren.moore@daera-ni.gov.uk and copied to the appropriate Case Officer for that council area. A hard copy should then also be forwarded by post.

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.

Receipt letters and Expiry letters

We will contine to issue these where possible, however these may follow at a later date.

Exemption Certificates

We will continue to issue these where possible, however these may follow at a later date.

Case Officers

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council (28); and
Mid and East Antrim Borough Council (36)

Kerry Linstrom                  028 9056 9800          kerry.linstrom@daera-ni.gov.uk
David Robinson                028 9056 9869          david.robinson@daera-ni.gov.uk

Ards and North Down Borough Council (30); and
Belfast City Council (31); and
Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council (35)

Stephen Gracey               028 9056 9491           stephen.gracey@daera-ni.gov.uk
Joanne Gilmore               028 9056 9758           joanne.gilmore@daera-ni.gov.uk

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council (30); and
Mid Ulster District Council - Magherafelt / Cookstown (37)

Una Clarke                       028 9262 3267             una.clarke@daera-ni.gov.uk
Mairead O’Connor          028 9262 3216             mairead.o’connor@daera-ni.gov.uk

Mid Ulster District Council - Dungannon (37); and
Newry, Mourne and Down District Council (38)

Brian Begley                     028 92630268              brian.begley@daera-ni.gov.uk
Sarah McGeough            028 9262 3269             sarah.mcgeough@daera-ni.gov.uk

Causway Coast and Glens Borough Council (32); and
Derry City and Strabane District Council - Derry (33)

Sean Campbell               028 7744 2129              sean.campbell@daera-ni.gov.uk
Claire McVicker              028 7744 5119               claire.mcvicker@daera-ni.gov.uk

Derry City and Strabane District Council - Strabane (33); and
Fermanagh and Omagh District Council (34)

Linda Cheung                 028 7744 2126               linda.cheung@daera-ni.gov.uk
Geraldine McVey            028 7744 2374              geraldine.mcvey@daera-ni.gov.uk

To enable applications for waste management exemptions (new or renewal), to be processed as swiftly as possible, application forms are being made available online.

The application form asks for information that will enable NIEA to decide if your activity can be registered as exempt from waste management licensing. If you fill in the form accurately, NIEA will be able to deal with your application quicker.

To apply for a renewal or a new registration click on the relevant box below:


 For further information about waste and the regulations click on the following link:


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