Waste Management Licence Application Forms

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Licence summary

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.

Eligibility criteria

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.

Regulation summary

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

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 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.


Waste management site licence form (APPL-WML-01) 
For any type of waste management site including civic amenity, transfer stations and treatment plants

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Waste management mobile plant licence form (APPL-WML-02) pdf link 412k word link image 325k
Modification application form (APPL-WML-03) pdf link 214K word link image 257k
Surrender application form (APPL-WML-04) pdf link 231K word link image 144k
Transfer application form (APPL-WML-05) pdf link 357k word link image 254k

Metal recycling/End-of-Life Vehicle licence application form (APPL-WML-06)

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Application form following the death of a licence holder (APPL-WML-07) pdf link 290k word link image 415k
WML LANDFILL surrender application form (APPL-WML-08) pdf link 205k word link image 236k

The operation of Landfill Sites is now regulated under the Pollution Prevention and Control (PPC) regime

When making an application, please:
  1. Read through the form and the notes before you start filling in your answers.
  2. Answer all the questions. If any of the questions do not apply to you, please write ‘Not applicable’.
  3. Send the correct fee with your application form. 
  4. 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.

Disclosing information

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.