Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland
Your business may need one or more of the following permits, licences or exemptions.
Pollution prevention and control permit if you operate an installation or mobile plant which carries out:
Waste management licence or registered exemption if you carry out certain waste management activities or use waste mobile plant:
Hazardous/special waste notification if you move hazardous waste:
Waste carrier or broker registration if you transport waste or arrange for someone else's waste to be disposed of or recovered:
Northern Ireland: Radioactive substances certificate of registration if you keep or use radioactive materials and a radioactive waste authorisation if you store or dispose of radioactive waste:
Scotland: an authorisation which can be GBRs, a Notification, a Registration or a Permit for radioactive substances activities
Water discharge consent or groundwater authorisation or authorisation under the Controlled Activities Regulations (Scotland) if you discharge sewage or polluting material into rivers, streams, lochs, loughs, ponds, canals, reservoirs, coastal water, estuaries or groundwater:
Trade effluent consent or agreement if you discharge trade effluent into the public sewerage system:
Water abstraction or water impounding authorisation or authorisation under the Controlled Activities Regulations (Scotland) if you take or hold water from surface water or groundwater:
Read our more detailed description of the environmental permits, licences and authorisations you may need:
The Northern Ireland Environment Agency has published a short guide to the duty of care responsibilities including advice and information for waste producers, carriers and those accepting, storing and treating waste.
Any person intending to alter the use or management of areas of uncultivated or semi-natural land must obtain prior approval from the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA).
Read more on the DAERA website
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