This page relates to EPA’s compliance and enforcement role under the Environment Protection Act 2017, which is intended to come into effect on 1 July 2021. To find out about EPA’s compliance policies and tools under the Environment Protection Act 1970 visit our page about compliance and enforcement under the 1970 Act.

Our role is to prevent and reduce harm to the environment and human health from pollution and waste. Our compliance approach supports this role. We work with businesses to help them understand the law. We act quickly and transparently to apply the law if a business doesn’t comply with the law.

Our draft Compliance and enforcement policy (publication 1798) sets out how we enforce the law. This includes issuing remedial notices and directions, and sanctions. The draft policy supports our Regulatory strategy 2020-2025 (publication 1800). The strategy outlines how EPA delivers our regulatory functions and activities.

We use appointments and delegations to make sure the right people make decisions. EPA appointments include:

  • authorised officers
  • persons who may take proceedings
  • litter enforcement officers 
  • analysts. 

We can also delegate certain powers to our staff or external bodies.  For example, to issue licences or permits.

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Reviewed 27 March 2020