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Environmentally relevant activities - Prescribed

Environmentally relevant activities that are prescribed activities are generally industrial activities but can also include some agricultural activities. A full list of all of the prescribed ERAs can be found in schedule 2 of the Environmental Protection Regulation 2008

What licence or permit do I need?

To conduct a prescribed ERA you will require an environmental authority.

If the activity you are proposing to undertake is also listed as a concurrence activity in schedule 2 of the Environmental Protection Regulation 2008 (has a ‘C’ in the right hand column), you will also require a development approval if there is a material change of use. 

For further information in relation to applying for an environmental authority or a development approval for an environmentally relevant activity, including how to prepare your application, the forms and fees applicable and where to lodge your application please refer to the Business and Industry Portal.

Where an activity will result in significantly disturbed land, EHP may require an EA holder to pay financial assurance (FA). FA is a type of financial security provided to the Queensland Government to cover any costs or expenses incurred in taking action to prevent or minimise environmental harm or rehabilitate or restore the environment, should the holder fail to meet their environmental obligations. Subject to successful rehabilitation and the EA holder meeting their closure conditions, FA is returned at the end of the project.

For further information on FA, including when FA may be required and how it is calculated, refer to the Business and Industry Portal. The Business and Industry Portal includes links to all relevant documents and forms, including Version 2 of the guideline ‘Financial Assurance under the Environmental Protection Act 1994’, which took effect on 7 March 2014 following consultation with key stakeholders.

Personal consultation

If your application is for a development approval, we strongly encourage you to take advantage of the consultation service provided by the Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning (DSDIP), before lodging the application. This will ensure the correct information has been provided and the application can proceed without delays. For information on how to organise a pre-lodgment meeting, please contact your local DSDIP office.

If your application is for an approval that is not a development approval we strongly encourage you to take advantage of our free consultation service before lodging the application with the department. This will ensure the correct information has been provided and the application can proceed without delays.

To request advice for an application that is not a development approval:

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Last updated
7 March 2014