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 Waste Management.
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 locality
'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 process.
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, East Kilbride and Edinburgh. 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 contact.
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 form.
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 your answers.
- 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.