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.

NIEA has launched a fully integrated online application process for Waste Management Exemptions and will be phasing out paper based applications (i.e. those submitted by post/e-mail). From 1 January 2022 applicants will only be able to apply for Waste Management Exemptions through the new DAERA online application system. Paper based applications received after this date will only be accepted in exceptional circumstances.

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

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 (30);
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 7744 2374 / 028 9262 3216

Mid Ulster District Council - Dungannon (37); and
Newry, Mourne and Down District Council (38)
028 9262 3216 / 028 7744 2374

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

Please note that for Paragraphs 11; 12; 15; 19; and 45 you will need to demonstrate that the site has, and is, operated in accordance with planning permission where such planning permission is required.  In practice this means you must submit a copy of your planning permission or if planning permission is not required, written confirmation from the council that this is not required.

Waste management licensing exemptions – Renewals

To apply for a renewal please click on the image below:

Time to Renew

Waste management licensing exemptions - new registrations

Simple Waste Exemption

Simple Waste Exemption

Use this application form for Paragraph numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 12, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 34, 36, 40, 44, 46, 47.

Paragraph 9 - Land treatment for agricultural benefit or ecological improvement.

Waste Exemption - Paragraph 9

Land treatment for agricultural benefit or ecological improvement.

Paragraph 10b - The storage of sludge.

Waste Exemption - Paragraph 10a

The spreading, or storage and spreading of sludge on land which is not land used for agriculture.

Paragraph 10b - The storage of sludge.

Waste Exemption - Paragraph 10b

The storage of sludge.

Paragraph 11 - The reclamation, restoration or improvement of land.

Waste Exemption - Paragraph 11

The reclamation, restoration or improvement of land.

Paragraph 13 - The composting and storage of biodegradeable waste.

Waste Exemption - Paragraph 13

The composting and storage of biodegradeable waste.

Paragraph 14 - Manufacture of products from waste, the treatment of waste soil or rock which is to be spread on land under Paragraph 9 or 11 and the storage of waste which is to be submitted to the preceding activities.

Waste Exemption - Paragraph 14

Manufacture of products from waste, the treatment of waste soil or rock which is to be spread on land under Paragraph 9 or 11 and the storage of waste which is to be submitted to the preceding activities.

Paragraph 15 - The manufacture of finished goods from waste metal, plastic, glass, ceramics, rubber, textiles, wood, paper or caredboard and the storage of those wastes.

Waste Exemption - Paragraph 15

The manufacture of finished goods from waste metal, plastic, glass, ceramics, rubber, textiles, wood, paper or caredboard and the storage of those wastes.

Paragraph 19 - The use and/or storage of waste for the purpose of construction, maintenance or improvement of relevant work.

Waste Exemption - Paragraph 19

The use and/or storage of waste for the purpose of construction, maintenance or improvement of relevant work.

Paragraph 45 - The recovery of scrap metal or the dismantling of depolluted end of life vehicles.

Waste Exemption - Paragraph 45

The recovery of scrap metal or the dismantling of depolluted end of life vehicles.

Paragraph 49 - The repair, refurbishment, and storage of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE).

Waste Exemption - Paragraph 49

The repair, refurbishment, and storage of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE).

Paragraph 50 - The secure storage of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE).

Waste Exemption - Paragraph 50

The secure storage of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE).

Paragraph 50 - The secure storage of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE).

Waste Exemption - Paragraph 51

The crushing of waste gas discharge lamps.

Paragraph 52 - The secure storage of waste batteries and accumulators.

Waste Exemption - Paragraph 52

The secure storage of waste batteries and accumulators.

Other Exemptions

The following list of paragraphs do not require an exemption.
Please click on the links below for more information on each of the paragraphs:

 

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