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Deco-Paint & Solvent Emission Regulations

Regulations governing deco-paint and solvent emissions, including application forms for certificates of compliance.

Dry cleaners, vehicle refinishers and other premises using paints and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) must ensure they comply with certain regulations.

The purpose of these regulations is to control the emissions of VOCs to air.

VOCs are air pollutants that can have harmful effects to human health and the environment. Exposure can cause respiratory illnesses, be harmful to the unborn and be damaging to crops and ecosystems.

Sources of VOCs include vehicle emissions, fuel combustion and domestic solvent usage. Other sources include commercial and industrial activities using organic solvents including dry cleaning services, paint spraying and vehicle refinishing.

EU (Paints, Varnishes, Vehicle Refinishing Products and Activities) Regulations 2012

Under these Regulations, installations must ensure that product containers are labelled to inform users of the product category, subcategory, maximum VOC content of the product in its ready-to-use form and the installation must be operated in a manner that minimises VOC emissions.


A vehicle refinishing installation shall not commence to operate or continue in operation without a current certificate of compliance issued by Wicklow County Council in accordance with the EU (Paints, Varnishes, Vehicle Refinishing Products and Activities) Regulations 2012.

For further information, best practice guidelines, legislation and a full current listing of approved assessors please visit www.decopaints.ie

Apply for a Certificate of Compliance in accordance with the EU (Paints, Varnishes, Vehicle Refinishing Products and Activities) Regulations 2012

  1. Paints varnishes application form of compliance 2013 0

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EU (Installation and Activities Using Organic Solvents) Regulations 2012

These Regulations apply to dry cleaners and other sectoral activities listed in Schedule 1 where the solvent consumption is within or above the thresholds specified in Schedule 2.

The dry cleaning installation must be operated in a manner that minimises VOC emissions and must demonstrate compliance by preparing a solvent management plant and mass balance calculation.

A dry cleaning installation (where the dry cleaning activity is occurring at the premises) shall not commence to operate or continue in operation without a current certificate of compliance issued by Wicklow County Council in accordance with the European Union (Installations and Activities using Organic Solvents) Regulations 2012.

For further information, best practice guidelines, legislation and a full current listing of approved Assessors please visit www.solvents.ie

Apply for a Certificate of Compliance in accordance with the European Union (Installations and Activities using Organic Solvents) Regulations 2012

Please note that the fee for a new certificate of compliance is €70, and the fee for a renewal certificate of compliance is €50. A certificate of compliance that has expired shall not be regarded as a certificate renewal

  1. Dry Cleaners Schedule 7 application form 0

    File type .pdf