An EPA licence is required for all scheduled premises, unless the premises are exempted in the Environment Protection (Scheduled Premises) Regulations 2017. It allows the licence-holder to operate and sets conditions that they must meet.

Licences contain standard conditions that aim to control the operation of the premises so that there is no adverse effect on the environment. These conditions address areas such as waste acceptance and treatment, air and water discharges, and noise and odour. The Environment Protection Act 1970 (the Act) specifies penalties for breach of licence conditions and for operating a site without a licence.  

Who can hold an EPA licence

A licence may be held by a legal entity, whether: 

  • a person 
  • a company 
  • a statutory corporation
  • a municipal council. 

A legal entity holding more than one EPA licence may voluntarily combine them into a single, amalgamated licence (previously known as a corporate licence). An amalgamated licence does not change a licence holder’s compliance obligations but streamlines multiple licences in to one document. 

Reviewed 8 September 2020