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You must register if you do any of these things as part of your business:

  • transport waste
  • buy, sell or dispose of waste
  • arrange for someone else to buy, sell or dispose of waste

You can be fined up to £5,000 if you don’t register.

Registration is usually free if you only transport waste you produce yourself. Otherwise, registration costs £154.

Before you start

If waste is your main business, you’ll need:

  • names and dates of birth of the organisation’s executives, owners, directors or partners
  • details of any environmental offences they’ve committed

What happens after you register

Once you’ve registered, your organisation’s details appear in the public register of waste carriers, brokers and dealers.

Renew your registration

When you register, you’ll be told whether your registration is ‘upper tier’ or ‘lower tier’.

If you have an upper tier registration, you must renew your registration every 3 years. It costs £105.

You don’t need to renew a lower tier registration.

What to do if your details change

You must update your registration within 28 days if:

  • your organisation’s contact details change
  • your organisation’s management changes
  • someone in management is convicted of an environmental offence
  • your organisation changes what it does, eg you’re registered as a waste carrier, but start acting as a waste broker as well

Update your contact or management details

If you registered from March 2015, update your contact or management details online.

If you registered before March 2015, email or write to the Environment Agency explaining what’s changed.

Update what your organisation does

Make a new registration if you need to upgrade a lower tier registration to an upper tier registration.


It costs £154 to upgrade your registration, or £40 to change what your organisation does.

Contact the Environment Agency if you’re not sure what to do.

Contact the Environment Agency

Quote your registration number. You’ll find it on your registration letter or email - it starts with ‘CB’.

Environment Agency
Quadrant 2
99 Parkway Avenue
S9 4WF