Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland

Business Sectors


Guidance for agriculture, including livestock and arable farmers, landowners and contractors

Animal boarding and care

Guidance for the care and boarding of animals including dogs, cats or larger animals

Chemicals manufacturing

This guidance is for chemical manufacturers


This guidance is for anyone working in building, demolition, civil engineering and building trades


Guidance for schools, colleges, universities or adult education centres

Fabricated metal products

Guidance for businesses that assemble raw materials to manufacture metal products

Fishing and aquaculture

Guidance for fish and shellfish farming, commercial fishing and run inland fisheries

Food and drink manufacture

Guidance for businesses in the food and drink industry


Guidance is for anyone working in forestry


Guidance for golf sector including, greenkeepers, golf course managers and golf course development

Hair and Beauty

Environmental guidance for the Hair and Beauty sector


Guidance for businesses that provide healthcare and associated services

Hospitality, leisure and tourism

Guidance for businesses in the hospitality, leisure and tourism industries

Hunting, shooting and game breeding

Guidance for game keepers, game farmers, land agents and landowners


Guidance for businesses that design, build and maintain gardens and landscapes


This guidance applies to you if you are in the leather processing industry or the tanning industry

Life sciences

Guidance for businesses operating in the Life Sciences sector

Machinery, electrical equipment and electronics

Guidance for businesses that manufacture, assemble and service

Metal production and processing

Guidance for metal producers

Mineral products

Guidance is for businesses that manufacture mineral products from raw materials to finished articles

Mining and quarrying

This guidance is for mining, quarrying and other extractive industries


Guidance for all businesses that have an office

Pest control

Guidance for businesses that are involved in controlling pests

Printing and publishing

Guidance for businesses that publish and print

Pulp, paper and cardboard

Guidance for paper and cardboard manufacturers

Recorded media

Guidance for businesses that reproduce sound or visual media

Recycling and reprocessing

Guidance for businesses that collect, store, treat, dismantle or reprocess materials for recycling or composting

Retail and wholesale

Guidance for anyone working in the retail and wholesale industry

Rubber and plastic products

Guidance for businesses that manufacture rubber and plastic products


Guidance for businesses that deal with sewage and provide sewerage services

Surface treatment of metals

Guidance for the surface treatment of metals

Textiles and clothing

Guidance for textile and clothing manufacturers


Guidance is for businesses that move passengers and freight using vehicles

Vehicle repair and maintenance

Guidance for businesses that repair, service and maintain motor vehicles

Waste businesses

Guidance for the transport, storage, treatment or disposal of waste

Wood and wood products

Guidance for businesses that manufacture, treat or process wood or timber products

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Whats new on NetRegs

  • Waste – Duty of Care Roles and Responsibilities

    The Northern Ireland Environment Agency has published a short guide to the duty of care responsibilities including advice and information for waste producers, carriers and those accepting, storing and treating waste.


  • Please let us know your thoughts on our new website

    What do you think about our new and improved website. We want your feedback on what you like, what you don’t like and ways we can continue to improve the website. Follow the link to complete the very short survey: NetRegs website – User feedback

  • NEW guidance on Environmental Management Systems

    We have recently updated and improved our guidance on Environmental Management Systems (EMS). You can find the guidance via the Environmental Topics tab or alternatively select the following link Environmental Management Systems (EMS).

  • Consultation on proposed changes to the packaging recycling business targets

    See NI Future legislation or Scotland Future legislation for details of the Consultation


  • NIEA Guidance - Greenfield Excavated Matrials in Construction

    NIEA and the CEF have developed a Regulatory Position to promote Sustainable re-use of natural excavated material from Greenfield sites.

    NIEA: Guidance on the Regulation of Greenfield Excavated Materials in Construction and Development

  • New GPP 2 Above Ground Oil Storage

    The replacements for the PPGs are being developed. Now available GPP 2 Above Ground Oil Storage

  • SEPA Consultation on an Intergated Authorisation Framework

    SEPA is asking for your views on the proposals for integrated authorisations.

    Consultation documents

  • GPP 24 Stables, Kennels and Catteries

    NEW GPP 24 now available: Stables, Kennels and Catteries

  • ENDS Award winner

    NetRegs; Winner of a prestigious ENDS award 2017

    Knowledge development category winner, see the ENDS Awards

  • NetRegs wins an ENDS Environmental Impact Award

    Knowledge development category winners, see the END Awards

  • EIA (Agriculture) Regulations for Northern Ireland

    Any person intending to alter the use or management of areas of uncultivated or semi-natural land must obtain prior approval from the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA).

    Read more on the DAERA website

  • Download our NEW leaflet today: Duty of Care for waste

    NetRegs have produced a new leaflet for Scottish businesses explaining what you must do to comply with YOUR duty of care for waste.

    Duty of Care for waste (Scotland) leaflet (PDF - 775KB)


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