Who needs an Industrial Emissions Licence ?

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is the competent authority for granting and enforcing Industrial Emissions (IE) licences for specified industrial and agriculture activities listed in the First Schedule to the Environmental Protection Agency Act 1992 as amended.

In summary the categories of industry coming within the scope of Industrial Emissions licensing are:

·    Minerals and Other Materials.

·    Energy.

·    Metals.

·    Mineral Fibres and Glass.

·    Chemicals.

·    Intensive Agriculture (poultry and pigs).

·    Food and Drink.

·    Wood, Paper, Textiles and Leather.

·    Fossil Fuels.

·    Cement, Lime and Magnesium Oxide

·    Waste

·    Surface Coatings

·    Other Activities (includes testing of engines, manufacture of printed circuit boards, production of lime, the manufacture of ceramic products, the capture of CO2 streams and treatment of waste water).

Some of the classes are subject to thresholds. Any person carrying on an activity that is below a threshold must ensure that they do not exceed that threshold without first obtaining an Industrial Emissions licence.

If you are proposing to commence a new activity listed in the First Schedule you must obtain a licence before commencing the activity.

It is an offence to carry on a licensable activity without a licence from the EPA.

Pre Application Discussions:

Given the complexity and scale of some activities, and in order to avoid possible delays caused by submitting an incomplete application, the EPA recommends that you engage in pre-application clarification/consultation prior to submitting your application for a licence.

Contact the Environmental Licensing Programme if you wish to arrange a pre-application meeting.

Learn More

View the First Schedule to the EPA Act 1992, as amended

View the Industrial Emissions licence application forms and instructions for applicants

For further information, contact our Environmental Licensing Programme at:

Office of Climate, Licensing & Resource Use
PO Box 3000
Johnstown Castle Estate
County Wexford
Telephone Locall 1890 33 55 99 or 053 91 60600
Email licensing@epa.ie