Integrated Pollution Control (IPC) Licensing

The EPA has been licensing certain activities since 1994. IPC licensing is governed by the Environmental Protection Agency Act 1992 as amended. 

Detailed procedures concerning the IPC licensing process are set out in the EPA Act 1992 as amended, and the associated licensing regulations.

Aim of IPC licensing

IPC licences aim to prevent or reduce emissions to air, water and land, reduce waste and use energy/resources efficiently.   An IPC licence is a single integrated licence which covers all emissions from the facility and its environmental management. 

All related operations that the licence holder carries in connection with the activity are controlled by this licence.

Before a licence is granted, you must satisfy the Environmental Protection Agency  that emissions from the activity do not cause a significant adverse environmental impact.

Public participation

The licensing system in Ireland is open and transparent. The public has access to the application documentation via the Agency's website  

The licensing process allows for written submissions and objections by anyone, as well as the provision of an oral hearing of objections.

Who to contact

If you require additional information, contact the EPA's Environmental Licensing Programme at:

Office of Environmental Sustainability,
PO Box 3000,
Johnstown Castle Estate,
County Wexford
Tel: Locall 1890 33 55 99 or 053 91 60600; Fax 053 91 60699.

Learn more

Read the full list of activities within the scope of IPC licensing, which are listed in the 1st Schedule to the Environmental Protection Agency Act 1992 as amended. (IPC Activities in black, Industrial Emissions Activities in Blue)

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