Discharge Licences

Effluent discharges to waters and sewers, with a few exceptions, require a discharge licence in accordance with Section 4 and 16 of the Local Government (Water Pollution) Act 1977 as amended by the Local Government (Water Pollution) Amendment Act 1990. In addition, discharges of greater than 5m3 of sewage effluent to groundwater require a licence under Section 4 of the above Acts. A discharge to waters licence sets out general requirements in terms of the volume and quality of effluent that can be discharged to waters. A discharge licence will also specify other miscellaneous requirements, such as the submission of ongoing monitoring results to the Environment Section of Sligo County Council.

The application form for a discharge to waters licence and associated application guidance notes can be downloaded from below.

A new national water services authority has been established in the Republic of Ireland.  Since 2014, Irish Water is responsible for issuing and enforcing discharge licences to sewers in accordance with Section 16 of the Local Government (Water Pollution) Act 1977 as amended. A licence is required for the discharge of trade effluent to the Irish Water sewerage network.

Queries in relation to discharges to sewers should be made to Irish Water Telephone 1890 278 278.

In terms of discharge to waters licences, at present there are 23 active discharge to waters licences within the functional area of Sligo County Council.

Table 1 below details the register of licensed discharges to waters. Sligo County Council monitors and enforces all discharge licences to waters to ensure compliance with discharge licence conditions.

NumberFile Ref.CompanyActivity
NumberFile Ref.CompanyActivity
1 DL(W)4(Rev1) Lissadell Shellfish Co Ltd Fish Hatchery
2 DL(W)6 Mullaghmore Sea Far Farms Ltd Lobster Ponds
3 DL(W)7 James and Winifred Beirne, Cummeen, Strandhill Road House Cummeen, Strandhill Road
4 DL(W)9(Rev1) Kilcullen Sea Water Baths Seaweed Baths
5 DL(W)11 Knockmuldowney Restaurant Co Ltd., Collooney Hotel/Restaurant
6 DL(W)12 North Western Health Board, Cloonamahon Residential Centre
7 DL(W)13(Rev1) St Angela’s College College
8 DL(W)16R Radisson SAS Hotel Hotel
9 DL(W)21 Keywater Fisheries, Cloonloo Fish Farm
10 DL(W)25 Harrington (Concrete) Sligo Ltd Quarry
11 DL(W)22 Cregg House, Rosses Point Residential Centre
12 DL(W)34 Davey Motors, Kiltycahill Mixed Development
13 DL(W)37 Fallon Oils Ltd, Ballygawley Castledargan Hotel
14 DL(W)38 Hillstreet Quarries Ltd, Geevagh Quarry at Glen, Geevagh
15 DL(W)40 Michael Keenan, Ballygawley Housing Development Ballygawley
16 DL(W)41 Christy and Moira Tighe, Cromleach Lodge Cromleach Lodge Restaurant
17 DL(W)43 St. Angela’s College Student Residences
18 DL(W)75 Aragonda Trading Ltd., Drumcliff, Co. Sligo Yeats Tavern, Drumcliff, Co. Sligo
19 DL(W)90 McCormack Fuels Ltd., Carraroe, Co. Sligo Oil Storage Depot at Aghamore Far, Co. Sligo
20 DL(W)97 Felix McHugh Builders Ltd., Cornacloy, Glenfarne, Co. Leitrim Dromroe Housing Estate, Cleavry, Castlebaldwin
21 DL(W)109 Sligo Fuel Sales Ltd., Deepwater Quay, Sligo Oil Storage Depot at Deepwater Quay, Sligo
22 DL(W)150 Enniscrone Golf Club Golf Club
23 DL(W)151 Lagan Bitumen Ltd, Aughamore near Quarry

Large industrial or agricultural activities require an Integrated Pollution, Prevention and Control Licence (IPPC) from the Environmental Protection Agency. Details of the classes of activities requiring an IPC licences are available on www.epa.ie/licensing/. There are 6 IPPC licences in County Sligo, Table 2 is a list of same.

List of IPPC Licences
Reg NoNameAddressDocuments
Reg NoNameAddressDocuments
P0269-02 Basta Parsons Limited Gallagher Road, Tubbercurry, Sligo Yes
P0382-01 Kiernan Farms (Sligo) Unlimited Company Carrowcushcly Pig Unit, Carrowcushcly, Ballymote, Sligo Yes
P0465-02 G. Bruss GmbH Dichtungstechnik Finisklin Road, Sligo, Sligo Yes
P0643-03 AbbVie Ireland NL B.V. Manorhamilton Road, Sligo, Sligo Yes
P0828-01 TopChem Pharmaceuticals Limited Ballymote Business Park, Carrownanty, Ballymote, Sligo Yes
P1087-01 AbbVie Ireland NL B.V. Old Bundoran Road, Ballytivnan, Sligo Yes

Application for a Licence to Discharge Trade and or Domestic Waste Water to Surface Water (PDF) - 285 kbs

Guidance on Applying for a Discharge Licence to Surface Waters (PDF) - 289 kbs

Application for a Licence to Discharge Trade and or Domestic Waste Water to Groundwater (PDF) - 252 kbs

Guidance to the Applicant for a Licence to Discharge Trade and or Domestic Waste Water to Groundwater (PDF) - 867 kbs

Discharge of Effluent to Waters - Newspaper Notice Template (PDF) - 13 kbs

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