EPA has powers under the Environment Protection Act 1970 to revoke or suspend a licence for a specified period or until a licence holder has fulfilled conditions that have been specified by EPA. 

EPA will give the licence holder procedural fairness before deciding whether to proceed with a suspension, by giving notice of its intention to suspend the licence, and the grounds for suspension. The licence holder will be given a reasonable opportunity to demonstrate and provide evidence why the proposed suspension should not occur. 

The licence may also be revoked by EPA for a range of reasons, including that the licence holder has ceased to operate or has failed to pay licence fees, or that the premises have become exempt from licensing by a change in the Regulations. 

Further information on when EPA may revoke or suspend a licence is detailed in EPA’s Compliance and Enforcement Policy

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Reviewed 8 September 2020