Licensing - Dumping at Sea (DaS permits)

The Foreshore and Dumping at Sea (Amendment) Act 2009 amends the Dumping at Sea Act 1996 as amended so that certain functions relating to dumping at sea are transferred from the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

From 15th February 2010 it is the function of the EPA to issue Dumping at Sea permits under the Dumping at Sea Act 1996 as amended.

The Dumping at Sea Act 1996 as amended, prohibits the dumping at sea from vessels, aircraft or offshore installation of a substance or material unless permitted by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Who needs a DaS permit?

Any person who wishes to dispose of material at sea is required to apply for a Dumping at Sea permit.  The Foreshore and Dumping at Sea (Amendment) Act 2009 empowers the Agency to decide on an application for a permit to dispose of material at sea.

Dumping at Sea Legislation

Dumping at Sea Register

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How to make submissions/observations on a Dumping at Sea permit application

Any person can make a submission/observation on an application for a dumping at sea permit. Submissions/observations should be made in writing to the Environmental Licensing Programme, Office of Environmental Sustainability, Environmental Protection Agency, PO Box 3000, Johnstown Castle Estate, County Wexford.  Submissions/observations can also be emailed to  within the appropriate period.   

If you have any queries in relation to making a submission/observation on a particular application, please contact the Environmental Licensing Programme on Lo call  1890 335599 or by email to quoting the name of the applicant and the application register number. 

Application FormGuidance NoteMaterial Analysis Reporting Form and Judicial Review process.

Summary Flow Chart outlining the Dumping at Sea process.

Search for a DaS permit application on this website.

For more information, please download the free booklet:  Dumping at Sea - EPA Enforcement and Permitting

Further reading:  OSPAR Commission Report - JAMP assessment of the environmental impact of dumping of wastes at sea (pdf document, 1.36MB) 

If you require a Dumping at Sea permit please contact the EPA's Environmental Licensing Programme at:

Office of Environmental Sustainability

PO Box 3000

Johnstown Castle Estate

County Wexford

Telephone Locall 1890 33 55 99 or 053 91 606000