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Waste Management Licensing

Last updated: 28 November 2014

It is an offence to carry out activities including keeping, recycling, crushing, baling, composting or dismantling waste materials without an appropriate permit, waste management license or registered exemption.

Whether you need a permit, waste management licence or an exemption will depend on the types and quantity of wastes which you are handling and the activity being carried out on the site.

To apply for a Waste Managment License download and fill in an application form (.PDF 340Kb)Opens in New window

For further information on Licensing, please dial (028) 90569758

Exemptions from Waste Management Licensing

Regulation 17 of The Waste Management Licensing Regulations (NI) 2003 provides for exemptions from waste management licensing. If a waste management activity is exempt then a waste management licence is not required. In cases where an exemption does not apply it is an offence to subject controlled waste to disposal or recovery operations without the benefit of a waste management license.

The exemptions from waste management licensing are mainly for small-scale waste storage and waste recovery operations and are subject to certain limitations. The specific limitations for waste activities are detailed in Schedule 2 to the 2003 Regulations. We can provide further advice and guidance regarding the requirements of the various exemptions.

For further information on Exemptions, you can contact us at or 028 9056 9358.

Agricultural Waste Exemptions

Individuals, companies or organisations that are operating an agricultural business, are required to register any activities that are exempt from the need to have a waste management licence.  The Department retains a record of these registrations.

If you wish to check if a farmer has an agricultural waste exemption, you can contact us at or 028 90569 360.

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