Following an extensive review process, the Environment Protection (Scheduled Premises) Regulations 2017 (Scheduled Premises Regulations 2017) were made on 14 June 2017 and commenced on 25 June 2017. They have replaced the Environment Protection (Scheduled Premises and Exemptions) Regulations 2007 (the 2007 Regulations). 

These Regulations define which types of premises in Victoria are ‘scheduled premises’. Occupiers of these sites are required to obtain an Environment Protection Authority (EPA) works approval and/or licence, and/or provide a financial assurance. 

Key changes to the Regulations

Compared to the 2007 Regulations, the Environment Protection (Scheduled Premises) Regulations 2017 do the following: 

Where What
Schedule 1, categories A02 and H05

Require larger-scale reprocessors of electronic waste (over 500 tonnes per year) and glass waste (over 10,000 tonnes per year) to obtain a works approval and/or licence (existing premises have until 25 January 2018 to apply for a licence). 

Regulation 10 Limit works approval and licence exemptions for new sources of emissions to air of fine particles (PM2.5).
Schedule 1, category A05 Limit works approval exemptions for small municipal landfills to those in use prior to the commencement of these Regulations. 
Regulation 12 Remove works approval and licensing requirements, under strict conditions, for premises that temporarily store asbestos or lower-hazard liquid wastes.
Schedule 1, previously K03 Will no longer prescribe potable water treatment plants as scheduled premises.
Schedule 1, category A03 Exempt water corporations from works approval requirements for some modification works at their sewage treatment plants.
Regulation 5, and Schedule 1, categories A07, B01 and D09 Modify, in order to clarify, the descriptions for organic waste processing (was previously called composting) animal industries and beverage manufacturing.
Regulation 12, and Schedule 1, categories A08, B02, B03, C01, D02, D04, G05, J01 and L02  Make minor and administrative changes in relation to: emergency storage of biomedical waste, energy from waste facilities, livestock saleyards and holding pens, fish farms, extractive industry and mining, rendering facilities, seafood processing premises, container washing facilities, printing facilities, and contaminated soil facilities.
Regulation 17

Make consequential amendments to the Environment Protection (Fees) Regulations 2012

Supporting guidance

Further information is available on when and how to apply for works approvals and licences

The works approval application guideline (publication 1307) has been updated and divided into three publications for ease of use: 

Several other publications have subsequent minor updates: 


To help inform the review, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) and EPA published a discussion paper (publication 1613) in November 2015. 

In October 2016, DELWP and EPA released the regulatory impact statement (RIS) (publication 1639) for the proposed Scheduled Premises Regulations 2017, including an exposure draft of the Regulations, with comments sought by mid-December. 

We received 29 submissions from stakeholders on the content and design of the proposed Regulations and EPA’s administration of works approvals and licences. A summary response (publication 1656) been prepared. It provides EPA’s response to each of the key comments received and outlines how the feedback received has informed the final version of the Scheduled Premises Regulations 2017. 

This page was copied from EPA’s old website. It was last updated on 8 December 2017. 

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