Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland
If your business repaints or resprays road vehicles, or vehicle parts, and uses one tonne or more of organic solvent in Northern Ireland or two tonnes or more in Scotland, in any 12-month period you must have a Pollution Prevention and Control (PPC) permit from your enviornmental regulator.
If you have a permit you must comply with its conditions, which may require you to reduce or control your solvent emissions.
You can find technical guidance, a model permit application and model permit in Process Guidance Note 6/34b: 'Respraying of Road Vehicles'. Even if you don't require aPPC permit, this guidance note can help prevent you from being prosecuted for causing pollution.
If you manufacture, import, distribute or sell vehicle refinishing products you must comply with controls on the amount of solvents (VOCs) that these products contain.
If your refinishing products contain substances such as organic solvents and isocyanates, you must dispose of the products and their containers as hazardous/special waste.
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.
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
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