Environmentally relevant activities—Prescribed
Environmentally relevant activities (ERAs) 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 environmentally relevant activity (ERA) you will require an environmental authority (EA).
If the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP) is your administering authority, you can apply for an EA online through Connect at www.ehp.qld.gov.au/connect. Alternatively, you can apply using the standard, variation or site-specific application forms, which are available by emailing email@example.com, or phoning 1300 130 372 and selecting option 4.
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 an ERA.
For further information in relation to applying for an environmental authority or a development approval for an ERA, including how to prepare your application, the forms and fees applicable and where to lodge your application please refer to the Business Queensland website.
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 Queensland website. The Business Queensland website 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.
If your application is for a development approval, we strongly encourage you to take advantage of the consultation service provided by the Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning (DILGP), 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-lodgement meeting, please contact your local DILGP 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:
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: 1300 130 372 (and select option four)
Alternatively, you can download the form Application for pre-lodgement services—ESR/2015/1664 (formerly EM1125).
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