Protection of the Environment Operations (General) Regulation 2009
12 Refunds and waivers—licence holders
(1) The EPA may do any one or more of the following if it considers that it is appropriate to do so—(a) refund the payment of all or any part of an administrative fee comprised in an annual licence fee,(b) refund the difference between the administrative fee paid and any lesser amount that would have been payable if the administrative fee had been calculated on the actual level of the activity during the licence fee period to which the fee relates,(b1) refund the difference between the administrative fee paid and any lesser amount payable as a result of an adjustment under clause 10C,(c) on approval of an application under section 80 of the Act for surrender of a licence, waive the payment of all or any part of an administrative fee comprised in an annual licence fee for the licence concerned.(2) The EPA may grant a refund, or waive payment under subclause (1) on its own initiative or if requested by the licence holder within 90 days after the end of the licence fee period to which the fee relates.(3) The EPA is not to consider a request for a refund made after the time specified in subclause (2) unless the EPA is satisfied that there are exceptional circumstances that justify it doing so.(4) In considering whether to refund or waive all or part of an administrative fee, the EPA is to have regard to the administrative costs incurred by the EPA in connection with the licence.