You need a permit to transport prescribed industrial waste (PIW).

Waste transport operators can apply to:

  • get a new permit
  • change a permit
  • transfer a permit.

Follow the steps below to learn how to choose and complete the right application form. 

For more help:

For help in languages other than English, call Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS National) on 131 450.

  • Step 1: Read the guidance materials

    Before you apply for a vehicle permit, read the relevant guidance:

  • Step 2: Choose the correct form

    Apply for a new permit

    If you’re new to the waste transport business, or want to get a permit for a new vehicle, you’ll first need to register on the EPA Interaction Portal.

    To register:

    • Visit the EPA Interaction Portal.
    • Select the “Create Account” link below the login fields, on the left-hand side of the page.
    • Select “Register on behalf of a business” even if you are a sole trader.
    • Follow the steps of entering a business email address, and the verification process.

    See the portal help page for more information.

    Once you have created your account, go into the EPA Interaction Portal. Click on the "vehicle permit" link on the left-hand side of the page.

    The applicant may be the vehicle owner or vehicle lessee. If the applicant is a lessee, you will have to provide your lease agreement.

    Note: The name registered on the EPA Interaction Portal will be the name in which the permit will be issued.

    Change a permit

    If you have a permit but some of your details are changing, such as your licence plate, your company’s name, or the type of waste that you’re carrying, you’ll need to fill out an Application for amendment of permit to transport prescribed industrial waste (Form F1008).

    Transfer a permit

    If you are the new owner of a vehicle that already has a permit, you’ll need to fill out an Application for transfer of permit to transport prescribed industrial waste (Form 1010).

  • Step 3: Complete the form

    Part 1: Applicant details

    For new permit and amendment applications, you’ll need to be able to either:

    • show that you own the vehicle in question by being listed as the current registered operator with VicRoads, or
    • prove that you’re leasing out the vehicle by attaching a lease agreement.

    For transfers, only the new owner may apply. Before submitting your application, the process of transferring vehicle ownership with VicRoads will need to have been completed.

    If you’re applying on behalf of a company, you’ll need to list your:

    • Australian Business Number (ABN)
    • Australian Company Number (ACN)
    • authorised contact person who we can contact to discuss the application.

    Parts 2 & 3: Declaration of relevant offences

    Applicants need to disclose if they have committed any relevant offences. Relevant offences are defined in Section 20C of the Environment Protection Act 1970. Relevant offences will be considered by EPA in determining whether applicants are fit and proper persons to hold a vehicle permit.

    All applicants, including corporations, must complete the relevant offence declaration section of the online form.

    The additional relevant offence declaration must also be completed by corporate applicants in respect of directors / persons concerned in the management of the corporation in accordance with section 20C(3)(c) of the Environment Protection Act 1970.

    For both declarations, applicants that select 'yes' must attach a statutory declaration. EPA will be in contact regarding any additional information required.

    Further information on the relevant offence declaration can be found in the guideline Permit to transport prescribed industrial waste (publication IWRG811).

    Part 4: Permit and vehicle details

    Ensure you complete all fields (as relevant).

    Select the body type as identified in the appendices of Vehicle guidance: Non-tanker vehicles/trailers (publication IWRG814) or Vehicle guidance: Tanker/tanker trailer (publication IWRG816).

    The final field in Part 4 only applies when the vehicle is of an alternative design, or has methods of assembly, not mentioned in this guidance.

    Part 5: Declaration of applicant

    Don't forget to fill in your vehicle registration number and sign the declaration in Part 5. Applications will not be accepted unless this declaration has been completed and signed by the applicant.

    NOTE: When you apply for a new permit using the EPA Interaction Portal, you don't need to sign the declaration.

    By signing this declaration, you are declaring that:

    • the information you have provided in your application is true and correct
    • your vehicle has adequate current insurance
    • your vehicle is fit for the purpose of transporting prescribed industrial waste specified in your application, and meets the vehicle control requirements specified in the vehicle guidance table (Appendix 1) relevant to your vehicle category and body type –

    The vehicle photo guide complements the above guidance by providing photo examples of the vehicle control requirements.

    Part 6: Declaration and checklist

    The declaration and/or checklist is to be completed by the applicant, either on the online form for a new permit, or on the hard copy forms for amendment or transfer. Make sure all the mandatory forms are included in your online or hard copy application. 

    If you are a tanker applicant applying for flammable solvents, you will also need to make sure you have attached an AS2809 tanker design approval.

    Part 7: Waste to be transported – relevant to new permit and amendment applications

    For new online applications, waste codes shall be displayed according to the vehicle body type selected in the Application and Vehicle Details tab.

    For amendment applications, the list of waste codes is included in the permit amendment application form (Form F1008). Only select the codes that are appropriate for your vehicle.

  • Step 4: Submit your permit application

    Do not send any fee with your application. EPA will let you know the correct fee, based on the fee schedule provided in Appendix A of Permit to transport prescribed industrial waste (publication IWRG811).

    Applying for a new permit

    Register on the EPA Interaction Portal, and apply for a new vehicle permit.

    Permit to transport prescribed industrial waste (publication IWRG811) provides details on how to apply by using the online form.

    Changing or transferring a permit

    Email your application in PDF or Word format to

    Incomplete applications will not be accepted, and you will need to reapply.


Reviewed 8 September 2020