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  • Joined Nov 2010
Waste exemption license - £840 for 3 years!!!
« on: August 31, 2016, 03:06:47 pm »
Hi All,

I'm after a bit of advice regarding some post we've just recieved. As some will know, we moved into our Devon smallholding about a month ago, and we've just had some post regarding the renewal of a waste exemption license for the property. I assume the previous owners took it out, and it seems to be regarding the burning of untreated plant material on site.

To renew this for another 3 years apparently costs £840!!!! That's an awful lot of money for a bit of admin, so I assume it's sort of a "fine" or perhaps "carbon tax"?

Is this worth bothering with? Are we really going to get in trouble for burning hedge cuttings etc?


Voss Electric Fence


  • Joined Jul 2012
Re: Waste exemption license - £840 for 3 years!!!
« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2016, 05:21:26 pm »
I think a waste exemption licence is different to a burning licence. In Scotland you can apply online and get permission immediately for burning. In our case it included tree prunings, weeds ie ragwort and silage plastic. I hope someone in your area will offer some additional advice.


  • Joined Nov 2010
Re: Waste exemption license - £840 for 3 years!!!
« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2016, 09:59:10 am »
Thanks for that -Sadly the rules do seem to differ quite a lot between england and scotland as a general rule - I'd imagine waste exemption would be similarly different.


  • Joined Jun 2012
  • Carmarthenshire
Re: Waste exemption license - £840 for 3 years!!!
« Reply #3 on: September 01, 2016, 10:58:03 am »
It may be worth talking to the folks that issue the exemption license & checking it is exactly what you need.  I have just been granted an exemption from having a permit here in Wales (& yes I know it's probably different in England!) which cost nothing; however other exemptions do cost - for instance one that includes burning waste from other people's hedgerows.  I presume that would be because that would be waste disposal on the way to being "commercial".


  • Joined Jan 2013
Re: Waste exemption license - £840 for 3 years!!!
« Reply #4 on: September 01, 2016, 12:12:45 pm »

Here is a link which seems to indicate all exemptions are free except for those in connection with WEE.

Any way you should be able to work things out from this website.


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