South Dublin County Council

Solvents

Regulations governing the inspection and certification of activities using organic solvents e.g. dry Cleaners and Car Sprayers are enforced by the Environmental Health Officers in South Dublin County Council.

European Union (Installations and Activities using Organic Solvents) Regulations 2012 SI 565 of 2012

The Regulations apply to dry cleaners and other activities listed where the solvent consumption is within or above the thresholds specified, other than installations licensed by the EPA through IPPC. Inspection of a VOC premises are carried out by an approved assessor. The business then forwards the Approved Assessors inspection report together with their application form and appropriate fee to South Dublin County Council. The premises may then be visited by an Environmental Health Officer to go through the report findings with the owner or manager.

If the Environmental Health Officer is satisfied with the Approved Assessor’s report and follow-up, then a certificate of compliance under the regulations is issued to the company. The certificate may be issued for up to 3 years.

It is illegal to operate a business which is subject to these regulations without a valid certificate of compliance. Any individual who fails to comply with or contravenes these Regulations may be prosecuted summarily, and be liable to a fine not exceeding €5,000 or up to 6 months imprisonment or both.

The onus is placed on the business/trader to secure the service of an Approved Assessor and pay for the inspection and report.

European Union (Paints, Varnishes, Vehicle Refinishing Products and Activities) Regulations 2012, S.I. No. 564 of 2012:

These regulations apply to vehicle refinishing premises. Inspections of these premises are carried out by an approved assessor. The business then forwards the Approved Assessors inspection report together with their application form and appropriate fee to South Dublin County Council. The premises may then be visited by an Environmental Health Officer to go through the report findings with the owner or manager.

If the Environmental Health Officer is satisfied with the Approved Assessor’s report and follow-up, then a certificate of compliance under the regulations is issued to the company. The certificate may be issued for up to 3 years.

It is illegal to operate a business which is subject to these regulations without a valid certificate of compliance. Any individual who fails to comply with or contravenes these Regulations may be prosecuted summarily, and be liable to a fine not exceeding €5,000 or up to 6 months imprisonment or both.

The onus is placed on the business/trader to secure the service of an Approved Assessor and pay for the inspection and report.

Fee

  • New Application: €70
  • Renewal Application: €50

Where an application for renewal is not submitted prior to the expiration of the Certificate of Compliance then the subsequent application will be considered a NEW application and be subject to the higher fee.

Related Documents

Application Form for Dry Cleaners
Document type: Form - doc
Application form for Vehicle Refinishers
Document type: Form - doc
List of certified Dry Cleaners January 2017
Document type: Publications - xls
List of Certified Vehicle Refinishers January 2017
Document type: Publications - xls