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Paints and Solvents Regulations and Information

In Ireland, legislation is provided for the regulation of:





Instances of non-compliance with this legislation may result in a fixed payment notice (on-the-spot fine) of a minimum of €500. To avoid a fixed payment notice, you must be registered with your local authority for a valid Certificate of Compliance. Please refer to the above legislation for your activities that require a certificate.


The purpose of this legislation is to ensure that emissions to air are regulated, and environmental pollution is restricted.


Approved Assessors


The details of the only Approved Assessor currently operating in Ireland are as follows:


EnviroGuide Consulting – Address: Head Office, EnviroGuide Consulting, 3D, Core C, Block 71, The Plaza, Park West, Dublin 12, D12F9TN

Phone: 01 2711896

Email: [email protected]



All operators must engage the services of the approved assessor for the purposes of getting their premises inspected for a compliance report and pay them directly. The approved assessor’s compliance report will either recommend or decline the issuing of a compliance certificate. The recommendation should be forwarded to Donegal County Council by the owner/operator with an application for a Certificate of Compliance, with the appropriate fee (€70). The Council will then issue a valid Certificate of Compliance which will last for a period of either 2 or 3 years (depending on the activity), after which a further inspection will be required to repeat the process.

Further Information:


Best Practice Guidelines for Dry Cleaners 2012

Recommendations on the Disposal of Separator Water

Best Practice Guidelines for Vehicle Refinishing 2012

EPA Information on Decorative Paints Directive

National Vehicle Refurnisher Register

Vehicle Refurnishing Info Leaflet

EPA Decorative Paints Youtube Video



County Donegal Vehicle Refinishing Installations Currently Certified (as of 7th November 2022) under the European Union (Paints, Varnishes, Vehicle Refinishing Products & Activities) Regulations 2012


  1. Ace Autobody Ltd., Pearse Road, Letterkenny
  2. Shiels Crash Repairs, Windyhall, Letterkenny
  3. John Kelly, Allensbrae, Carrickmore, Lifford
  4. Ivor Pearson Vehicle Repair, Maghernagran, Kilmacrennan
  5. Hegarty's Auto Services Ltd., Carnamuggagh, Letterkenny
  6. McCarrons Garage Ltd., Ballycushions, Carrigans, Lifford
  7. Leslie O'Donnell Car Repairs, Pinehill Ind Estate, Letterkenny 
  8. Kelly's Sale and Services (Dgl) Ltd., Mountcharles, Donegal
  9. JMC Body Repairs, Toulette, Burt, Lifford
  10. O'Donnell Motors, Mill Road, Dunkineely
  11. Connolly Crash Repairs, Coolaghey, Raphoe
  12. McElhinney Motors, Manorcunningham, Letterkenny
  13. JK Vehicle Repairs, Mullaghderg Banks, Kincasslagh
  14. James McCorkell Car Body Repairs, Aughadahor, Carrigart
  15. Declan Cannon, Carrick Road, Kilcar
  16. Mark Kane Auto Crash Repairs, Shannagh, Laghey, Donegal PO



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