Check for a permit, licence or exemption (Public Register)

How you can check if a site has a permit, licence or exemption to operate legally

We issue permits, licences and exemptions for industry, business and individuals to carry out certain activities that have the potential to pollute or harm the environment. For a number of activities the legislation specifies that a Public Register must be made available.

Waste carriers, brokers and dealers

If you arrange for waste to be collected from your business or home, check that the business collecting it is registered as a carrier.

You do not need printed proof of carrier registration.

A registration with the regulators in Wales (NRW), England (Environment Agency), or Scotland (SEPA) is valid in any of these three countries. Check with your carrier to find out where they are registered. 

Search the waste carriers, brokers and dealers public register.

The register is not intended to be used as an online directory of waste operators.

Online public register

Search for and download application and compliance documents for waste, water quality and regulated industry environmental permits, water resources licences and Marine licences. 

You may need to download software applications to view certain documents on our on-line system – for example, if your email system isn’t compatible with Outlook. If you don’t want to do this, or if need a document in a different or more accessible format, please contact us.

To see public register documents created after 1 September 2018, access the online public register now.

To see public register documents from before 1 September 2018, use our request permit information process.

For information on waste only permits, you can also look at our waste permit map.

Waste, water quality, water resources and installation permits

Search the Waste, Water Quality, Water Resources and Installations public register.

Waste and water quality exemptions

Search the waste and water quality exemptions public register.

Hazardous waste producer registrations

Search the Hazardous Waste Producer public register.

Scrap metal dealers

Search the scrap metal dealers public register.

Scrap metal dealers must apply for a licence from their local authority, not us. 

Information about scrap metal dealers on our public register comes from local authorities and they are responsible for the accuracy of the data.

If you have queries about information on this public register contact the local authority.

If you are concerned about possible illegal scrap metal activities report an incident to us

Authorised treatment facilities for end of life vehicles 

Search the authorised treatment facilities for end of life vehicles public register.

Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Approved Authorised Treatment Facility (AATF) and Approved Exporter (AE)

Search the public register of WEEE AATFs and AEs.

T11 waste exemptions

Search the waste exemptions: repairing or refurbishing waste electrical equipment public register.


Trees, woodland and forestry

Applications for tree felling

We publish details of proposed felling licences for a minimum of four weeks. During this period you can view and comment on the proposals. 

View register for felling

Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)

Under the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) (Forestry) Regulations 1999 we must show the decisions we make about whether proposals will have a significant effect on the environment.

View Environmental Impact Assessment for forestry register

Forest Resource Plans (FRP)

Find details of how we approve tree felling on the Welsh Government Woodland Estate through Forest Resource Plans (FRP). This allows us to demonstrate an equivalent level of regulation on WGWE.

View Forest Resource Plan register.

Further public register information and the Permitting Publication Scheme

If you cannot access the information that you need from the links above you can contact the enquires team who will be able to advise you if the information that you require is available and how to access it.

The Natural Resources Wales Permitting Publication Scheme aims to make available information about permit applications and decisions. The document contains details of what information is available for all the permitting regimes Natural Resources Wales is responsible for.


Phone: 0300 065 3000 (Mon - Friday 9am - 5pm)

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