Licensing & Permitting

Local Authority Waste Facility Permits & Certificates of Registration

Local Authority Waste Facility Permits & Certificates of Registration (COR)

Waste disposal and recovery facilities are required to hold an authorisation in accordance with the Waste Management Act 1996 as amended.

A four-tier system of authorisation has been established for the regulation of such activities at a facility. A waste recovery or disposal activity at a facility is either:

  • An exempted activity (no authorisation required)
  • Requires a Waste licence
  • Requires a Waste Facility Permit
  • Requires a Waste Certificate of Registration

Depending on the authorisation required, these activities are controlled either by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or by Local Authorities within their own areas. The EPA regulates all non-exempted Local Authority waste facility activities. The primary legislative texts governing the form of authorisation required for waste facilities are:

  • Waste Management (Licensing) Regulations 2004 (as amended)
  • Waste Management (Facility Permit & Registration) Regulations 2007 (as amended)

Local Authorities are the competent authority for granting and enforcing waste facility permits and certificates of registration issued to private operators for those waste activities listed in the Third Schedule of the Waste Management (Facility Permit & Registration) Regulations S.I. No. 821 of 2007 as amended. The nature and scale of the proposed waste activity is what determines if a waste facility permit or a certificate of registration is required.

Waste facility permits and certificates of registration are time-limited and are issued for a maximum of five years. Operators wishing to renew a permit or certificate need to make an application for its review in good time in the final year. In general, an application should be lodged 60 working days prior to the permit or certificates expiry date, therefore ensuring that the site operations can continue until the application has been decided upon.

If you are unsure as to whether your activity requires a waste facility permit or a certificate of registration, we here at AVRIO can help. AVRIO has extensive experience in dealing with waste facility permits and certificates of registration and can therefore advise on what your activity requires. We handle the application process for new and review permits from start to finish in the fastest timeframe possible. In addition, on grant of a waste facility permit or certificate of registration, we can offer an ongoing service to ensure you remain in continued environmental compliance with the conditions outlined therein.