Public Access to Licensing Files

As part of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) policy of openness and transparency and in accordance with the Access to Information of the Environmental Regulations and various licensing/Permit Regulations, licensing files are available for public inspection.

In order to provide greater access to all stakeholders, the Agency displays application files and related documents on this website for public viewing purposes. Files available are: 

As of May 2009, electronic versions of Annual Environmental Reports (AERs) for 2008 onwards can also be viewed on the above search pages.  

Access to the above mentioned applications files is made available as follows:

  1. Application files may be viewed at any time in PDF format through this website from any point of access to the internet. 
  2. Should you decide to visit the Agency’s offices we will provide access to all licence application documentation in PDF format at dedicated public terminals at the following EPA offices:
  • Headquarters, Johnstown Castle Estate, Co Wexford, 053-9160600
  • Regional Inspectorate, John Moore Road, Castlebar, Co Mayo 094-9021588
  • Regional Inspectorate, McCumiskey House, Richview, Clonskeagh Road, Dublin 14 01-2680100
  • Regional Inspectorate, Inniscarra, Co Cork, 021-4875540

Should you have special needs or require assistance in accessing information electronically the Agency’s trained personnel will be available to guide you.   The Agency will also consider a request to view files in hardcopy format.

Files available in hardcopy at the Agency Headquarters (Wexford):

  • Waste and IE/IPC/IPPC application files received before December 2004.
  • All Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) application files. 

If you wish to view such files please contact us at the Environmental Licensing Programme at 053 9160600 to arrange a viewing at a suitable time.

Note that copies of applications and licences may also be available at the relevant Local Authority office for the area concerned. Please contact the Local Authority office directly to confirm that this service is provided.

DATA PROTECTION

The Data Protection Directive ( Directive 95/46/EC ) is implemented by the Data Protection Acts 1988 and 2003. The Directive applies where personal data (manual and electronic) is concerned i.e. data relating to a person. It also applies to data about individuals involved in companies but not to companies themselves. The Directive requires that data is accurate and, where necessary, kept up-to-date. Every reasonable step must be taken to ensure that data which is inaccurate or incomplete, having regard to the purposes for which it was collected or for which it is further processed, is erased or rectified.

Applicants for licences and authorisations and those who make submissions and objections are informed of the fact that any information they give to the EPA will be made publicly available, both at the offices of the EPA and on this website. This is notified to applicants by means of a declaration of the licence application form and to the public on the licence search page on this website.

The EPA provides that any data on a licence or authorisation application file relating to an individual may be inspected and the individual concerned may object to the information if it is inaccurate or incomplete, and may request that any such information be erased or rectified. A request may be made by completing, signing and submitting the specified Data Protection Request Form.

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