Why does my business need a Hazardous Waste Generator license?
Ramsey County's Hazardous Waste Management Ordinance (pdf) requires that all businesses that generate hazardous waste have a license. Need help with licensing? Call 651.266.1199 or ASK EH.
Hazardous wastes include:
- Corrosives, like acids or bases
- Ignitables, like paint thinner or mineral spirits
- Toxins, like mercury in fluorescent lamps
- Oxidizers, like organic or inorganic peroxides
Hazardous wastes come from a variety of businesses, including:
- Auto body shops
- Dry cleaners
- Healthcare facilities
- Vehicle repair shops
We have two regulatory tracks for hazardous waste generators: the regular inspection program and the Self-Audit program. Companies in the Self-Audit program generate photo or x-ray fixer or medical wastes.
Is this an annual license?
Yes. As long as your business continues to generate or store hazardous waste, you will need a hazardous waste license. Download a copy of the license application and mail it to the address on the form. For any questions, call 651.266.1199.
How does my license get renewed?
We will send you an Annual Report/License Renewal packet or a Self-Audit packet when it is time to renew your license. By completing the form and returning it to us by the due date, you begin the process to renew your hazardous waste license.
Does the license year follow the calendar year?
No. The license you have to generate hazardous waste is good from May 1st to April 30th.
Because the license year is different from the calendar year, this can be confusing. Look at these examples.
Regular inspection program -
Say your business is first licensed near the end of the year, in November, 2014. The initial license you will receive is for the license year (May) 2014 - (April) 2015. In December of this same year - 2014, you would receive the Annual Report/License Renewal packet, which will renew your license for the next license year: 2015 - 2016. This is why it may seem like you just paid for your license and you are receiving another invoice for the same license. Please contact us at 651.266.1199 with any questions you have.
Self-audit program -
Say your business is first licensed in November, 2014. The initial license you will receive is for the license year (May) 2014 - (April) 2015. Because the Self-Audit Report/License Renewal packet is mailed in October and is due in November, we would automatically use your initial license application to renew your license for the next license year: 2015 - 2016. This is why it may seem like you just paid for your license and you are receiving another invoice for the same license. Please contact us at 651.266.1199 with any questions you have.
Are the fees prorated if I sign up in the middle of the license year?
No, Ramsey County's Administrative Ordinance (pdf) does not allow for prorating of licenses.
What if my business changes locations or changes owners? Can the license and waste ID number be transferred?
Your license and waste ID number aren't transferable. If your business moves or has a change of ownership, you would need to apply for a new license and ID number at the new location or under the current owner. Application and license fees may be assessed.
My business is closing. What do I need to do?
Ramsey County's Hazardous Waste Management Ordinance (pdf) requires that you remove all hazardous wastes and hazardous products before you leave the site. You cannot take your hazardous waste with you to your new location. Call us at 651.266.1199 to schedule a closure inspection, which documents site conditions, prior to your departure.
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