Licensing - Dumping at Sea (DaS permits)

The Foreshore and Dumping at Sea (Amendment) Act 2009 amends the Dumping at Sea Act 1996 as amended so that certain functions relating to dumping at sea are transferred from the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

From 15th February 2010 it is the function of the EPA to issue Dumping at Sea permits under the Dumping at Sea Act 1996 as amended.

The Dumping at Sea Act 1996 as amended, prohibits the dumping at sea from vessels, aircraft or offshore installation of a substance or material unless permitted by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Who needs a DaS permit?

Any person who wishes to dispose of material at sea is required to apply for a Dumping at Sea permit.  The Foreshore and Dumping at Sea (Amendment) Act 2009 empowers the Agency to decide on an application for a permit to dispose of material at sea.

Dumping at Sea Legislation

Dumping at Sea Register

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Please note during the Covid-19 pandemic there are new arrangements in place for the receipt of new applications for Dumping at Sea permits.  Accordingly, any application documentation should be emailed to licensing@epa.ie using the file transfer application Microsoft OneDrive. The EPA doesn't accept files to be transferred using any file share application other than MS OneDrive. Each file should be in a searchable .pdf format and a size not exceeding 10MB.

A full copy of the application, including sediment chemistry results using the Material Analysis Form on Excel http://www.epa.ie/pubs/forms/lic/das/materialanalysisreportingform.html, should also be submitted on CD-ROM or USB Key by post to EPA, PO Box 3000, Johnstown Castle Estate, County Wexford.

Please also note, post Covid-19 restrictions, you may be contacted to submit two hard copies and one CD-ROM copy of the submitted electronic correspondence.

If you require a Dumping at Sea permit please contact the EPA's 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 606000

E-mail licensing@epa.ie