How to apply for a licence 

When applying to the EPA for an Industrial Emissions Licence you must satisfy a number of legislative requirements.  The main ones include:

 Before making an application, make sure you:

We recommend that you engage in pre-application clarification/consultation before submitting your application. Requirements in relation to Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) may be discussed at this stage. Contact licensing@epa.ie  if you wish to arrange a pre-application meeting.

 When making an application, make sure you:

  • use the specified application form on EDEN;
  • answer all questions and submit all documentation requested (incomplete applications may be returned);
  • pay attention to any relevant BAT Guidance Note(s) available from the EPA; and
  • submit all necessary supporting documentation including the relevant fee (waivers and refunds of application and objection fees may be allowed in certain limited circumstances).

If your application does not comply with the regulations, we may request additional information to achieve compliance. Where such a request is not fully complied with, we may:

  • Repeat the request one month after the original deadline;
  • On receipt of an adequate response, decide to proceed with the determination; or 
  • In the absence of a response, or where the response is deemed inadequate, initiate proceedings to declare the application abandoned.

An ‘adequate response’ is defined as one that fully addresses all queries in the Agency’s request for further information with sufficient information and detail to allow the inspector to progress the application.

Further Guidance

Licence application guidance for applicants

Financial Provision for Environmental Liabilities 

Industrial Emissions Directive FAQs 

Learn More

All documentation received in respect of a licence application is available to view on this website. Find out more about Public access to licensing files.

If you need further information, contact the 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
Email licensing@epa.ie