A works approval allows a business to undertake works to:

  • construct a building
  • install new plant equipment
  • change infrastructure
  • change discharge or emission limits
  • change work processes.

You may need a works approval if these works risk harming the environment. For example, if you install or change equipment at your premises that:

  • create waste
  • increases or changes the amount of discharge into the environment
  • change the way you treat or store waste.

You may not need a works approval if your project doesn’t affect:

  • the state of the environment
  • any other person or organisation.

Find out if you need a works approval for your project and how to apply.

Find more how-to guides for businesses

Apply for a works approval or licence 

Check if you need an EPA licence 

Amend or apply for a review of a remedial notice 

Identify, assess and control risks

Lower your business's environmental impact

Comply with the plastic bag ban 

Apply for a vehicle permit 

Reviewed 4 November 2019