Works approvals are required for industrial and waste management activities that have the potential for significant environmental impact. The approval permits the construction of a plant, the installation of equipment or modification of processes.

A works approval may also be required when the occupier of scheduled premises seeks to increase or alter the emissions or type of wastes that their premises handle. Refer to our works approvals page for information on how to apply for a works approval and EPA’s assessment process.

In some cases, EPA exempts duty holders form the requirement to obtain a works approval. See our page covering works approval exemptions and how to apply.

If the proposed works are for the purposes of a research project rather than a full commercial operation, it may be more appropriate for the occupier to apply for a research, development and demonstration approval instead of a works approval. This should be discussed with EPA to avoid compliance and enforcement action.

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About works approvals

How to apply for a works approval

How EPA assesses works approval applications

Reviewed 8 September 2020