Competence Arrangements

The Environmental Permitting Regulations 2007 (amended 2010) came into force on the 6th April 2008.  These regulations allowed for 'approved' schemes to be used to demonstrate technical competence (operator competence) for permitted waste sites. 

These new schemes replaced the previous Technical Competence requirement to obtain a Certificate of Technical Competence (CoTC). It also replaced the Environment Agency Assessments. If you were considered 'Competent' under the previous system (either by CoTC, Environment Agency assessment or Deemed Competence) please be aware you will need to maintain your 'Competence' - see the Continuing Competence section of this site.

The regulations in Northern Ireland and Scotland are unaffected by this change in waste management regulation. The Waste Management Licensing Regulations NORTHERN IRELAND (2003); and the Waste Management Licensing Regulations SCOTLAND (2003) (as amended March 2011); remain in force. Operators who work across the border between Scotland and England, however, should be mindful of how the technical competence arrangements differ between countries and how the changes may affect them.

The buttons on the right provide further information on current waste management regulation in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.