Making a submission

What is a submission?

A submission is written comments or observations on a licence application or licence review. The submission should relate to the application itself or any Environmental Impact Assessment Report (EIAR) accompanying the application.


Who can make a submission?

Anyone (including the applicant) can make a submission on a licence application to the EPA.


When can I make a submission?

Submissions on a licence application can be made:

  • once the application has been received by the EPA and
  • before the Proposed Decision is issued.
  • Please be advised that for Industrial Emissions (IE) and Integrated Pollution Control (IPC) applications required to be accompanied by an Environmental Impact Assessment Report (EIAR), submissions may be made in writing in relation to the likely effects on the environment of the proposed activity.  The submissions may be made for at least 30 days after publication of the following information on the Agency’s website:

    • notification that the Agency is satisfied that an EIAR submitted complies with Section 83(2A)(dd) of the EPA Act of 1992, as amended, or 
    • additional or supplementary information in relation to the EIAR, received in response to a request by the Agency.

It is important to lodge a submission as early as possible, as late submissions cannot be considered.


How can I make a submission?

You can make a submission:

  • online - search for the relevant licence on the EPA Licensing web pages and make the submission
  • in writing to the Environmental Protection Agency, P.O. Box 3000, Johnstown Castle Estate, Co. Wexford  

 Note: Due to current Covid 19 restrictions it is preferable to submit submissions on-line and not to post submissions to the EPA Office.

What should I submit as part of my submission?

Your submission must state:

  • the subject matter of the submission
  • the grounds for the submission and the reasons, consideration and arguments on which they are based

Attachments should:

  • be in pdf format (video footage must be in MP4 format)
  • not be greater than 20 Megabytes in size
  • not include any personal data (such as phone number, e-mail address, home address, postcode, etc.)

Submissions or observations made to the Agency will be made available for public viewing, both online and at the Agency's headquarters.  Please be aware that statements included in any person's submissions or observations, that could be viewed as defamatory towards any identifiable person or organisation/company, could result in legal proceedings against the person who made that statement.  Please note that if proceedings are brought against the Agency for any allegedly defamatory statements made, the Agency may seek indemnity from the person who made that statement.  Please limit submisions or observations to points of relevance to the decision to be made by the Agency.


What happens after I make a submission?

Your submission will be:

  • acknowledged
  • published and available to view on
  • considered as part of the assessment of the licence application/review

You may make further submissions

You can subscribe to email updates on the licence application through RSS Feeds

You will be notified of the EPA's proposed determination


Can I withdraw a Submission?

You can withdraw a submission in writing/email at any time prior to the application being considered by the Board of the Agency.


Learn more

Check the public access to licensing files

For further information, contact our Environmental Licensing Programme at:

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