Licences and works approvals
How to apply for a works approval or licence for building and development. Includes research development and demonstration approvals and annual performance statements.
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Your business must have the right works approvals in place to cover any works that may impact the environment. This is so you can manage your environmental risks and comply with the law.
If you’re applying for a works approval, you must follow our checklist and application process. EPA has a ‘roadmap’ to guide your application.
You must submit enough information for EPA to assess potential impacts on the environment and climate change, including greenhouse gas emissions. Your application may also need a human health risk assessment.
Some businesses are exempt from works approvals under certain circumstances. For example, if your project doesn’t affect:
Other types of approvals include:
After you complete your approved works, you can apply for a licence to operate.
When you’re an EPA licence holder, you must give us an annual performance statement. These include:
All approvals and licence applications are subject to ‘fit and proper person’ tests.
Reviewed 28 October 2019