There are a number of stages in the licensing process:
Stage 1: Pre-application
Before making an application the applicant:
Stage 2: Applicant applies for a licence How to apply for a licence
The application is submitted online.
We assess the application before making a "proposed decision".
Before making a proposed determination we will take into account any submissions received.
Stage 3: EPA issues a proposed decision
The EPA indicates how we propose to decide an application. We will:
Stage 4: Objections
Stage 5: Oral hearing
Stage 6: EPA issues licence
Before making a final decision, we consider the application and any objections / submissions on objections /oral hearing report.
When we issue a licence, we notify:
We publish the final decision on this website and in a newspaper circulating in the area.
Once a decision has issued, anyone can apply to the High Court and seek a judicial review of the validity of the decision. This must be done within 8 weeks of the decision under Order 84 of the Rules of the Superior Courts (as amended). The Rules of the Superior Courts and all relevant amendments can be found at The Courts Service of Ireland
Further information on Judicial Review in environmental and planning matters may be found at: www.citizensinformation.ie
All requests from Licensees to carry out alterations or reconstruction works that effect emissions on site will be considered by the EPA’s Office of Environmental Enforcement. If the Office of Environmental Enforcement believes that the works or measures cannot be accommodated within the terms of the existing Licence, the Licensee is notified accordingly.
If a review of an existing licence is necessary, the Licensee must submit their review application online. The review process is the same as applying for an Industrial Emissions Licence.
The EPA can also initiate a review of a Licence in certain circumstances. These circumstances are outlined in Section 87 (1)(b) of the EPA Act 1992 as amended.