Use this application form if you want to carry out any of the following exempt activities listed in Schedule 2, Part I of The Waste Management Licensing Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2003 (as amended), known thereafter as ‘The Regulations’:

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.

Before you start


  • There is a £1000 fee (£725 for Paragraphs 46 and 47)
  • You will need a credit card or debit card to pay. A BACS transfer option is also available and a copy of the Departments bank details can be made available on request
  • You will also need a Government Gateway account to complete the process – there will be an option to register on Government Gateway if you do not have one
  • If you have any queries in relation to your application please email or telephone 028 9056 9358
  • You will need to provide copies of supporting documents – please see More Information for further details

Supporting documents

You will need to provide copies of the following:

  • proof of occupancy
  • Site location plan or map
  • proof of entitlement (optional)
  • pollution prevention control permits for paragraphs 2 and 4
  • planning permission (including stamped drawings)/confirmation from council for paragraph 12 only
  • Landowner consent form

You may also need to provide consents of the following:

  • occupant
  • partnership

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Additional information

For more information on any of the paragraphs listed above, please click on the links below.



1 The use and storage of waste glass in a process under an IPC authorisation
2 The use and storage of waste glass under a Pollution Prevention Control (PPC) permit
3 Operation of a scrap metal furnace under an IPC authorisation
4 Operation of a scrap metal furnace under a Pollution Prevention Control (PPC) permit
5 Burning of waste as a fuel
6 Cleaning, washing, spraying or coating of waste packaging or containers
7 Burning of waste as a fuel in an appliance with a net rated thermal input of less than 0.4 megawatts
12 The treatment and storage of waste with a view to recovery or reuse, according to specified conditions
16 The beneficial use of waste
20 The laundering or otherwise cleaning of waste textiles with a view to recovery or reuse
21 The chipping, shredding, cutting or pulverising waste plant matter
22 The recovery of silver from waste produced in connection with printing or photographic processing
23 The recovery of waste consisting of animal by-products
24 The crushing, grinding or other size reduction of waste bricks, tiles or concrete
25 The deposit of waste arising from dredging inland waters or from clearing plant matter from inland waters
26 The recovery of waste as an integral part of the process that produces it
29 The disposal of specified wastes at the place of production in an incinerator
30 The burning of waste on land in the open
31 The discharge of sanitary waste from a passenger train
34 The keeping or deposit of spent railway ballast
36 The temporary storage of garbage or tank washings from ships at a port
40 The storage of non-liquid waste including waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) at any site other than the premises where it is produced
44 The heating of metals in a furnace or other combustion chamber for the purpose of removing grease, oil or any other non-metallic contaminant
46 The recovery and storage of waste from a water treatment works or a sewage treatment works
47 The burning of waste at a dock

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