There is a joint process (see summary of joint process (PDF)) which enables parallel processing of standard EPA works approvals and planning permits. This joint process includes:

  • a joint pre-application meeting with the applicant, local government, EPA and any other agency or referral authority likely to be asked for specific advice during the assessment an application
  • joint advertising of applications
  • coordinated community engagement activities and events.

The agreed arrangements, roles and responsibilities of EPA, council, agencies and proponents during the joint processing of applications are recorded in a coordination plan (Word 34KB).

  • Guidance on the joint process (PDF 239KB) Guidance is also provided for applicants on activities that they should lead, such as information sessions. 

Please call 1300 372 842 (1300 EPA VIC) if you think a joint process may be suitable for your project.

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Reviewed 8 September 2020