To perform prescribed activities that may cause harm, you must have a permission such as a licence, permit or registration.
Information on this page is not current law. It details new laws coming into force on 1 July 2020 under the Environment Protection Act 2017.
Permissions work alongside the general environmental duty, ensuring performance standards and conditions are met across a range of activities. There are three tiers of permissions based on the level of risk to human health and the environment:
This risk-based approach means we can target different levels of risk with the right balance of permissions and conditions. Our permissions scheme outlines:
There are specific activities requiring other approvals and authorisations. You will be able to view details about permissions we issue on the Public Register (currently under development).
Reviewed 18 March 2020