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Register as a waste carrier, broker or dealer

Registration helps us make sure that controlled waste is transported and disposed of legally and safely

Who needs to register as a waste carrier, broker or dealer?

If you transport waste in Wales, as part of your business, you will need to be registered as a waste carrier.

If you arrange for waste from other businesses or organisations to be transported, disposed of, or recovered in Wales, you need to register as a waste broker now.

If you buy and sell waste in Wales, or use an agent to do so, you need to register as a waste dealer now.

There are two levels of registration – upper tier and lower tier. They are based on organisation type or waste type and not on quantities of waste. You may still be required to register in the upper tier even if you only transport or deal in very small amounts of waste.

To find out if you need to register and what tier would apply to you please read the guidance note.

Important changes to electronic payments

Our bank details have changed. If you want to pay for your permit or licence application by electronic transfer, use our new bank information below. Please look at the ‘Our charges’ section of our website for full details of the changes.

New payment information. Only send a payment if you operate in Wales.
Company name:  Natural Resources Wales 
Company address:     Income Department, PO BOX 663, Cardiff, CF24 0TP
Bank: RBS
Address: National Westminster Bank Plc., 2½ Devonshire Square, London, EC2M 4BA 
Sort code:  60-70-80 
Account number: 10014438

We will update our forms as soon as possible, but please use the new bank information on Our Charges page when making electronic payments from now on. Do not use the details given in our permit/ licence application forms and guidance if they are different to those above.

Please note that payment is for waste carriers or brokers operating in Wales.

If you operate in England, you can register on

For information on operating in Scotland, visit the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).


Still not sure if you need to register?

If you are still unsure whether you need to register then please contact Natural Resources Wales Customer Care Centre on 0300 065 3000 where one of our advisors will be able to help you.

How to register or renew

Unfortunately, our online waste carriers registration system is unavailable while we put in place a new and improved system and public register. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and are working to put the new system in place as soon as possible.

Please use the paper form given at the bottom of this page to register or renew your Licence. You can either email your completed form to or post it to the address provided on the form.  Please see below for information about making payment.

Please also be aware that the online public register is also unavailable, but we do have a spreadsheet where you can check if a carrier is registered. Please follow the instructions on our public register page to check a carrier registration.

If you do have any difficulties, please contact our Customer Care Centre on 0300 065 3000 or

Please renew no earlier than 2 weeks before your registration is due to expire. There is no charge for Lower Tier registrations.

Cost of a new registration is £154

Cost of renewal (before expiry date) £105

Copy Cards (credit card version of licence) £5 each

All registrations are VAT exempt. We do not send invoices or receipts of VAT.

You can register by post by completing the application form(s) at bottom of this page. If you are unable to print documents please call us and we will post the documents to you.

For Bank Transfer payments please create a unique reference for your payment which we will link to your application. Your unique reference must begin with WCAPP followed by the first 3 initials/digits of your business and a 4 digit number of your own. For example:


Please quote your Bank Transfer payment in the body of your email when attaching your completed application form.

You can send completed application forms to the following address:

Customer Care Centre
Natural Resources Wales,
Cambria House, 29 Newport Road
Cardiff CF24 0TP

Once registered your business will appear on the waste carrier and brokers public register.

If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact our Customer Care Centre on 0300 065 3000 or

What happens after you register?

We will inform you within 15 working days (three weeks) if your registration has been successful. If you apply online it will usually be much sooner.

If we cannot accept the registration for any reason we will let you know.

Please note - Natural Resources Wales no longer issues paper copies of a waste carrier certificate. You will receive your confirmation of registration via email. Your new CBDU reference number is proof of your registration and confirmation you are registered. This can be viewed via the public register. If you send us a paper application and do not have an email address we will send you a paper confirmation which reflects the same information on an email confirmation.


What you can ask us to amend:

  • Changes to correspondence/customer contact Ie address, phone number, email
  • Changes to registered business address
  • If a company - adding and removing director details
  • Changing partnership names/details

What you can't ask us to amend:

  • Changing legal entity Ie changing your registration from a sole trader to a limited company

Change of legal entity

If you require to change the legal entity of your registration, you would have to re-apply under a new registration which would include your change of legal entity details and the fee of a new registration £154.00

Related document downloads

Waste carriers broker and dealers Fact sheet PDF [293.2 KB]
Form WMC1 Upper tier Application to register as an upper tier carrier-dealer broker-dealer or both of controlled waste PDF [445.5 KB]

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