Air pollution appeals

Air Pollution Act licences are single media licences for certain industrial processes not included in the First Schedule of the EPA Act 1992 as amended, and are granted by local authorities  under the Air Pollution Act 1987 as amended.

The EPA is now responsible for processing Air Pollution Act licence appeals.  These appeals were previously processed by An Bord Pleanála but the responsibility transferred to the EPA on 31 August 2015 following the implementation of the Environment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2015.

An appeal relating to a decision of a local authority to grant or, refuse a licence or revised licence,  shall be lodged to the EPA within the period of one month beginning on the date of the local authority’s decision. It should be noted that the scope of an appeal is limited to air pollution matters and does not extend to planning issues.

An appeal shall:

  • be made in writing,
  • state the subject matter of the appeal,
  • state the grounds of appeal, and
  • be accompanied by a fee (€60)
  • anyone who makes a valid appeal can request an oral hearing. A request must include €60 fee (in addition to the appeal fee)

Please note: the EPA fees should be made by cheque, postal order or bank draft, made payable to the EPA.


Submissions or observations

Any person can make a submission or observation on any appeal received by the EPA. The fee is €10. This fee does not apply to a party to an appeal who makes a submission or observation.

Submissions or observations made to the Agency may be made available to the public. Please be aware that statements included in submissions or observations, that could be viewed as defamatory 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 submissions or observations to points of relevance to the decision to be made by the Agency.

Where the EPA has determined that an Appropriate Assessment is required, submissions or observations on Appropriate Assessment concerning an appeal can be made in writing to the Agency. Such submissions or observations may be made for at least 30 days after publication on the Agency’s website of the Notice for Public Consultation on Appropriate Assessment or for whatever longer timeframe is set out in the notice. There is no fee for submissions or observations on Appropriate Assessment.

You can view documents relating to Air Pollution Appeals under assessment that have been screened in for Appropriate Assessment below:

EPA RefLA RefLocal AuthorityDocuments related to this Appeal



For further information in relation to these appeals, and the appropriate fee payable, and the Judicial Review process, please refer to the following:


You can view the details of the EPA's Decisions on Air Pollution Appeals below: 


EPA Ref LA Ref Local Authority Decision Date Documents
E0001-01 AP11/14 Galway County Council 19/05/2016 Documents related to this Appeal
E0002-01 ENV/APL/16/04 Wexford County Council 19/01/2017 Documents related to this Appeal
E0003-01 AP/01/16 Fingal County Council 07/03/2017 Documents related to this Appeal
E0004-01 ENV/AE/2017-02 Westmeath County Council 14/03/2018 Documents related to this Appeal 
E0006-01 AP09 Mayo County Council 12/03/2020 Documents related to this Appeal
E0007-01 AP13/20 Galway County Council  03/08/2022

Documents related to this Appeal

Documents related to Appropriate Assessment 

E0009-01 AP 12 Mayo County Council 05/09/2022 Documents related to this Appeal
E0010-01 AP20-01 Kerry County Council  12/12/2022

Documents related to this Appeal 

Documents related to Appropriate Assessment

E0011-01 AP-17-01B Kerry County Council 04/04/2024

Documents related to this Appeal

If you would like to submit an appeal under the Air Pollution Act 1987, as amended, please forward it to the Environmental Licensing Programme at: 

Office of Environmental Sustainability
PO Box 3000
Johnstown Castle Estate
Co Wexford

Tel: 053 9160600
Lo-call: 0818 33 55 99  

Fax: 053 91 60699


Latest publications

Photo of sunrise, complentary of Ruth O'Connor
Guide to fees payable to the EPA

for Air Pollution Appeals

This is a guide which sets out the fees payable to the Environmental Protection Agency in relation to Air Pollution Appeals.

EPA Publication Cover
Air Pollution Appeals

Judicial Review Notice

Notice relating to Judicial Review process for Air Pollution Appeals.