Waste Management Licence Application Forms
This is an environmental licence granted for specific
activities. The majority of waste management facilities are
licensed under the Waste
Management Licensing Regulations 1994. Other facilities
are licensed under a PPC permit (issued under the Pollution
Prevention and Control (Scotland) Regulations 2000) or are
eligible for an exemption from the Waste Management Licensing
Regulations. The licence is issued by the Scottish Environment
Protection Agency and the conditions in the licence must be
complied with by law.
Evaluation of the application will consider a range of
environmental factors and whether the applicant is a fit
and proper person to hold the licence. Please refer to Chapter 3 of
the Guide to
The objective of the waste management licensing system is to
ensure that waste management facilities do not:
- Cause pollution of the environment
- Cause harm to human health
- Become seriously detrimental to the amenities of the
'Pollution' and 'harm' are defined in section
29 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
Application evaluation process
Please refer to the Guide to
Waste Management for full details of the evaluation
Tacit consent does not apply under the Waste
Management Licensing Regulations 1994.
Decision time period
The target decision time period is 4 months. During this
time, we may ask you for more information or ask you to advertise
your proposals to the public. The decision time period will be
halted until our request is carried out.
Where applicants and operators do not agree with the conditions
and requirements imposed by a PPC authorisation or notice, an
appeal can be made to Scottish Ministers. The submission of an
appeal does not suspend the operations of all authorisations or
notices and its conditions.
Public registers or databases
Public Registers store large amounts of paper-based regulatory
and enforcement information. Our Registry staff can help you find
the information you require: you can request information in person,
by phone or by email. Our Registries are located in Aberdeen,
Dingwall, Edinburgh and at the Angus Smith Building. Registry
opening hours are 9.30 am to 4.30 pm, Monday to Friday.
Contact details and local support
SEPA has a number of local offices
throughout Scotland. Please contact us, if you are unsure who or where to
Making an application - licences, modifications,
transfers and surrenders
Online applications are currently only available for exemptions.
Please discuss your proposals with your local SEPA
office before submitting the appropriate application
The operation of Landfill Sites is now regulated under the
Pollution Prevention and Control (PPC) regime.
When making an application, please:
- Read through the form and the notes before you start filling in
- Answer all the questions. If any of the questions do not
apply to you, please write ‘Not applicable’.
- Send the correct fee with your application form.
- Please use continuation sheets if you require extra
space. These should be numbered and cross-referenced to the
question which they apply.
Note: The Word forms are have interactive fields and can be
filled in and then printed whereas the pdf forms need to be printed
and filled in by hand.
SEPA has a legal duty to give the public access to certain
environmental information. SEPA must place full particulars of your
application on the public register. However, if you feel that any
of the information in your application should not be made public,
on the grounds of commercial confidentiality, you can apply to have
the information withheld. You should:
- Clearly mark as ‘confidential’ any information you feel should
not be made public.
- Enclose a letter with the completed form explaining why this
information should not be made public.