Register or renew as a waste carrier, broker or dealer 

Fines up to £5000 If you don't register for the correct waste carrier licence.

You must register if your business does any of the following:

  • transports waste (a carrier)
  • buys, sells or disposes of waste (a dealer)
  • arranges for someone else to buy, sell or dispose of waste (a broker)

|There is a different process for registering as a waste carrier in Northern Ireland, and Scotland 


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Before you start

Please note a waste carrier licence will normally cost £49.99 (lower tier licence) if the waste you're transporting as a business is your own waste. (however, if you're transporting building, construction, or demolition waste you will require an upper-tier waste carrier licence for this.)

If you are transporting other people's waste you will require an upper-tier waste carrier licence. The cost of this licence is £274 for 3 years and you will be allowed to transport any type of waste. As long as the licence is then renewed before it expires you will be able to renew it for £174 for another 3 years.

If you are unsure about the type of licence you need please contact us at the number above or using our live chat and one of our advisors will be happy to help.  

The following waste types are examples of waste you can NOT transport with a lower-tier licence.


Bathroom suites





Garden sheds,

Roofing materials






(please note this list is not limited to these waste types If you are unsure call us on the number above or use the live chat)

After you register 

You will receive an email confirming the payment you have made and then within a few minutes you will receive a second email with your waste carrier licence attached. This can take longer if your application has been pickedout for random checks. Please note if your application is submitted on a Friday after 5pm then you are likely to receive this on Monday morning at the latest. 

Your business details will then appear on the public register within 48hrs. This will allow your customers to see that you have a valid licence giving them confidence in the service you provide.

For more information

Please call us on 03301226320 and we'll be happy to help.  Or visit our F.A.Q HERE