Information on this page is not current law. It details new laws that commence on 1 July 2021 under the Environment Protection Act 2017.

With less regulatory burden than licences, permits sit in the mid-tier of risk within of the permissions scheme (publication 1799). Some activities requiring a permit are: 

  • medium-scale waste and resource recovery 
  • waste transport – including interstate transport of certain wastes 
  • supplying waste – as part of a use/re-use scheme (for example supplying reclaimed wastewater) 
  • operating an outdoor entertainment event or concert  
  • livestock saleyards or holding pens (with waste solely to land).

The legal basis of permits is in section 81 of the Environment Protection Act 2017 (the Act).

There are permits for various industries including animal, waste and outdoor concerts. To find out more see, Types of permits.

How to apply

From 1 July 2021 you will be able to apply for a permit online (currently under development).

Assessment process

Applications for permits are subject a standardised assessment process. We assess permit applications within 15 or 42 business days. A permit is valid for a maximum of five years, with the option to renew before it expires.


As a permission holder, we expect you to know your legal obligations. We also expect you to know your operational risks and have adequate risk management controls in place. Non-compliance with the Act or a permit condition is enforced in line with the Compliance and Enforcement policy.

Read more about other permissions




Reviewed 16 April 2021