To perform prescribed activities that may cause harm, you must have a permission such as a licence, permit or registration.
Permissions work alongside the general environmental duty, ensuring performance standards and conditions are meeting across a range of activities. There are 3 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 policy (publication 1799) outlines:
Licences, approvals and exemptions issued under the Environment Protection Act 1970 have transitioned to the Environment Protection Act 2017.
Read more about how licences and approvals have changed.
To apply for a permission, permission exemptions or designations, you must submit information required by EPA in the approved form and manner. This webpage informs you of the requirements.
Permissions, exemptions and other instruments are issued under the Environment Protection Act 2017 and the Environment Protection Regulations 2021. Links to key guidance and forms to assist you in submitting an application are provided on this page. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
Accredited consigner appointments
Authorisation of discharge and disposal
Section 459 exemptions
Most non-Registration applications require submission of a prohibited person questionnaire. The questionnaire form explains when the form must be completed.
The questionnaire form explains when the form must be completed.
There are a number of duties that apply to your activities.
Significant penalties can apply for breaching these duties.
Applications must outline the duties relevant to your activity and the measures you propose to comply with them.
All non-Registration applications must address the principles of environment protection.
Your proposed activity may require statutory approval from other regulators or statutory authorities. A permission, exemption, authorisation or other instrument issued by EPA does not satisfy your obligations from other laws and regulatory frameworks. For example, an activity that requires an EPA permission may also require you to hold a permit from your local Council or responsible authority under the Planning and Environment Act 1987. You should make all reasonable enquiries of Council and regulators about your activities. You must satisfy yourself of your compliance with your legal obligations under all applicable legislation.
Reviewed 18 September 2023