*Please note some sections maybe blank if no data is relevant
As part of our commitment to continually improve our service and to help our clients meet their legal obligations, we continue to update the Legal Registers on our website and provide free quarterly legal compliance updates to anyone who subscribes. The purpose of these updates is to ensure you stay up to date with any changes in your legal compliance obligations, our updates can also be kept and can be used as evidence that your business is staying up to date with any changes in the legislation, this can be very helpful at audit time.
The Water Abstraction and Impoundment (Licensing) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2006 serve as a comprehensive framework governing the extraction of water from natural sources and the creation of impoundments, such as reservoirs, in Northern Ireland. The primary purpose of these regulations is to ensure sustainable and responsible water management, safeguarding water resources and the environment.
Under these regulations, individuals or entities intending to abstract water or create impoundments for various purposes, such as agricultural, industrial, or domestic use, are required to obtain a license from the appropriate regulatory authority. The licensing process involves a thorough assessment of the proposed water abstraction or impoundment activities to ascertain their potential impacts on the aquatic ecosystem, water availability, and neighboring users.
The regulations set out specific requirements for the license application process, including providing detailed information about the nature of the abstraction or impoundment, its location, intended usage, and the measures planned to mitigate any adverse effects. The regulatory authority evaluates these applications based on ecological, hydrological, and environmental considerations, ensuring that the proposed activities align with sustainable water management principles.
The regulations also establish provisions for monitoring and reporting by license holders to track the actual water abstraction or impoundment activities and their impact over time. This monitoring helps maintain compliance with the conditions set out in the license and enables adaptive management based on changing circumstances.
The regulations apply to a wide range of entities, including individuals, businesses, and organizations involved in water abstraction and impoundment activities in Northern Ireland. By imposing a licensing system and stringent requirements, the regulations aim to strike a balance between meeting water needs for various purposes and preserving the integrity of aquatic ecosystems and water resources for present and future generations.
The Water Abstraction and Impoundment (Licensing) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2006 outline specific evidence requirements that individuals or entities seeking licenses for water abstraction and impoundment activities must fulfill. These evidence requirements are designed to ensure thorough assessments of proposed activities, their potential environmental impacts, and compliance with sustainable water management principles. The evidence requirements include:
These evidence requirements aim to establish a robust foundation for evaluating water abstraction and impoundment applications. By providing comprehensive and accurate information, applicants enable regulatory authorities to make informed decisions that balance the needs of water users with the preservation of Northern Ireland's water resources and ecosystems.
The Water Abstraction and Impoundment (Licensing) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2006 outline certain exemptions from the requirement to obtain a license for water abstraction and impoundment activities. These exemptions are designed to cover specific cases where the proposed activities are considered to have minimal impact on water resources or the environment. Exemptions vary based on factors such as the scale of the activity, the water source, and the intended use. It's important to note that while some activities may be exempt from licensing, they may still need to adhere to other regulatory requirements. Here are some common exemptions:
It's important to emphasize that the availability of exemptions and their specific criteria can vary based on local regulations, the nature of the activity, and evolving environmental considerations. Anyone considering water abstraction or impoundment activities should carefully review the relevant regulations and seek guidance from regulatory authorities to determine whether their proposed activity qualifies for an exemption.
*Please refer to the Terms and Conditions in our footer.
The information contained in this website is for general information purposes only. The information is provided by AvISO, and while we endeavour to keep the information up to date and correct, we make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the website or the information, products, services, or related graphics contained on the website for any purpose. Any reliance you place on such information is, therefore, strictly at your own risk.
In no event will we be liable for any loss or damage, including, without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, or any loss or damage whatsoever arising from loss of data or profits arising out of, or in connection with, the use of this website.
Through this website, you are able to link to other websites which are not under the control of AvISO. We have no control over the nature, content, and availability of those sites. The inclusion of any links does not necessarily imply a recommendation or endorse the views expressed within them.
Every effort is made to keep the website up and running smoothly. However, AvISO takes no responsibility for, and will not be liable for, the website being temporarily unavailable due to technical issues beyond our control.
In addition, the legal texts identified on this website do not represent all the legislation published in relation to the relevant topic areas. AvISO Consultancy selects the legislation which it believes will apply to the organisations and industries with which it is engaged. In addition, there may be some instances where new legislation or amendments to current legislation are introduced, but there is a slight delay between the introduction of that legislation and the availability of it on this website. AvISO Consultancy does not take responsibility for the accuracy of any information provided and would recommend that you take appropriate legal advice in relation to any legislation which is relevant to your organisation, as appropriate. In addition, the content of our webpages does not replace each organisation’s duty to be aware of and comply with the legal requirements applicable to their operations.
Including our quarterly legal compliance updates that are a great resource for evidence for your ISO audits.