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The Public Health Authority of Reykjavík oversees the issuance of operating permits for businesses required to have one and confirms registrations according to laws and regulations on sanitary practices, pollution control, and food safety.
What activities require an operating permit and what needs to be registered?
One of the conditions for registration and issuance of an operating permit is that the business's operations align with planning guidelines and the venue is approved by the Building Commissioner for that specific activity.
The Public Health Authority processes applications and registrations according to procedures. The application goes to a Permit Review Meeting for approval. After the meeting, the applicant is notified regarding the resolution of the case and an invoice is sent to their online bank. Permit review meetings are typically held weekly on Tuesdays.
There's a fee for issuing an operating permit/confirmation as well as supervision fees for health control. Information about fees can be found in the fees schedule for pollution and health monitoring in Reykjavík City.
Applications for polluting operations according to Regulation No. 550/2018 on Industrial Emissions and Pollution Control are processed accordingly and subsequently advertised for 4 weeks as provided for in the Regulation.
A operating permit comes into effect and a registration is confirmed once the invoice has been paid. The permit letter is sent to the permit holder. It is prohibited to start work that requires a permit/registration before the operating permit/confirmation comes into effect.