What are Deco-Paints?
There are many different paints and varnishes available on the market today. These products contain volatile organic compounds (VOC). Legislation was introduced to limit emissions arising from the use of organic solvents in certain paints, varnishes and vehicle refinishing products, to reduce the risk to the user and the environment.
Regulation S.I. No. 564 of 2012 European Union (Paints, varnishes, vehicle refinishing products and activities) was introduced in 2012. This Regulation stipulates that paints, varnishes and vehicle refinishing products can only be placed on the market if their VOC content limit values are equal to or lower than the values specified in Schedule 2 of the Regulations. This has replaced S.I. No. 199 of 2007, The Limitation of Emissions of Volatile Organic Compounds due to the Use of Organic Solvents in Certain Paints, Varnishes and Vehicle Refinishing Products Regulations (referred to as the Deco Paints Regulations).
The sectors which fall under these regulations are as follows:
· Vehicle repair and recoating
· Manufacturers, distributors and retailers of paints and varnishes
More information is available on the EPA website and the Environment, Community and local Government website at the following location:
Certificate of Compliance
Operators of vehicle refinishing installations must hold a current certificate of compliance. Enforcement will consist of notifications and inspections of business premises where solvents are in use.
To obtain your certificate of compliance you must;
-register with your Local Authority
-undergo an inspection by an approved assessor who has been appointed by the EPA (This replaces the requirement under the previous regulations for inspections to be carried out by an accredited inspection contractor (AIC).The details of the panel of Approved Assessors are as follows:
EnviroGuide Consulting-Phone 01 5654730
-The assessor will review their operations and produce a report. This report along with a fee and a completed application form is then sent to Leitrim County Council who will decide whether to grant the certificate based on information provided in the report. The report will identify problem areas in terms of non-compliance with the regulations and make appropriate recommendations to bring about full compliance. The application fee payable by operators to their local authority has increased from €50 to €70 for new applications but remains €50 for renewals.
-Leitrim County Council can now issue certificates of compliance for up to a 3 year period. However, certificates for a shorter duration will be issued if there are any concerns in relation to the application.
- the regulation provides for fines of up to €5000 on conviction
- a copy of your certificate of compliance must be displayed in a prominent position at your premises.
-if an operator receives non-compliant materials, they must notify the EPA and take appropriate steps to minimise the risk to human health and the environment.
Vehicle refinisher- application form- The application form may be downloaded below:
Application - Decorative Paint Regulations.pdf (size 128.8 KB)
If you have any queries in relation to the Deco-paints Regulations please contact the Environment Section, Leitrim County Council, Áras an Chontae, Carrick on Shannon, Co. Leitrim at 071 9620005.
Download ‘Best practice Guidelines for Vehicle Refinishing for Repair Installations’ via this page on the EPA website
Leitrim-Companies compliant with Deco-paints Regulations - 2018 Register of Certified Operators under the Deco-paints regulation in Co. Leitrim
|Certificate Number||Trading Name & Address||Issue Date||Expiry Date|
Brendan Lowe & Sons, Attifinlay,
Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim.
Jeremiah Coulter, Coulters Garage,
Pat Reynolds, Crash Repairers,
Arrody, Fenagh, Co Leitrim
Mr Gerry Cashin,
Mohill, Co Leitrim
Mr. Paul Curran