Licensing and permitting

The Environmental Protection Agency is responsible for regulating activities that have significant polluting potential. Our responsibilities encompass:

  • Industrial Emissions Licensing
  • Integrated Pollution Control (IPC) Licensing
  • Waste Licensing
  • Waste Water Discharge Authorisation (Licences and Certificates of Authorisation)
  • Emissions Trading
  • The contained use and deliberate release of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)
  • Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) permits
  • Dumping at Sea (DaS) permits

Licensed activities are required to conform to best practice and all licences, authorisations and permits are routinely monitored to ensure ongoing compliance with requirements. In addition, licences are reviewed or amended to achieve compliance with Directives or other provisions as required. This includes the examination of  licences for compliance with the Environmental Objectives (Surface Water) Regulations 2009 and Environmental Objectives (Groundwater) Regulations 2010

Learn more

  • Find out more about changes to the licence register numbering system that took effect in July 2006.

Contact us

Our Environmental Licensing Programme is at:

Office of Environmental Sustainability,
PO Box 3000
Johnstown Castle Estate
County Wexford
Telephone Locall 1890 33 55 99 or 053 91 60600


Email licensing@epa.ie