You can apply for an A13a licence or an A13b permit to receive, store, or process waste online using the EPA Portal.
Activities requiring an A13a licence or A13b permit
If you receive, store, or process waste generated at a site other than your own, this means you are doing a waste or resource recovery activity. This includes working with combustible recyclable and waste material (CRWM). It doesn't include moving reportable priority waste (RPW) for resource recovery or disposal.
Sites already undertaking an A13a or A13b activity as of 1 July 2021 must apply for a permit or operating licence before 1 October 2021. If you don't meet the deadlines, you may be breaking the law which could mean significant fines for individuals or businesses.
If you are developing a new waste resource and recovery activity, or your CRWM activity was not operating before 1 July 2021, you may require a development licence. If you are not sure what type of permission you might need, you can follow the permission proposal pathway.
Documents you should include in your application
You should complete and attach the following documents in the upload section of the online application. We may also ask for additional information while assessing your application.
Documents you should include in your application
The storage management plan should include:
- a site plan and stockpile layout that identifies how and where waste is stored. It should show waste is stored in a way that minimises the risk of fire, so far as reasonably practicable
- the estimated amount of waste, the types accepted and maximum storage amounts / volumes
- the systems and processes you use to identify and classify wastes and track the volume to be accepted, stored and processed at the site.
Management and storage of combustible recyclable and waste materials - guideline (publication 1667) has more information.
You must develop and maintain a RMMP for your permitted activities. It must:
- identify all the risks of harm to human health and the environment which may arise from activities at your site
- describe how you’ll continue to eliminate or minimise the risks you’ve identified, so far as reasonably practicable
- clearly define your environmental performance objectives
- clearly define your risk control performance objectives
- describe how you’re achieving the environmental and risk control performance objectives.
Implementing the general environmental duty: A guide for licence holders (publication 1851) has more information.
An EMP identifies potential emergency events including pollution incidents and the actions waste and resource recovery facility owners, employees, contractors and visitors should take during these events.
Chapter 6 of Management and storage of combustible recyclable and waste materials - guideline (publication 1667) has more information.
You must submit a financial assurance proposal with your licence or permit application. You should base this on EPA’s calculation method, or an independent assessment of the amount required to remove stockpiled waste and remediate the site.
You can use Calculation of financial assurance for landfills, reportable priority waste management and waste and resource recovery facilities (publication 2003) to work out the amount.
Developing new financial assurance guidance for the waste and resource recovery sector – external consultation report (publication 1963) is a report that presents EPA’s response to submissions on the proposed method to calculate financial assurance for waste and resource recovery facilities.
A fire risk assessment (FRA) identifies fire hazards and risks. It also shows how you propose to manage these. This may be included within the overarching risk management and monitoring program (RMMP). FRA’s include details of the controls which prevent firewater entering the environment when it has been contaminated by waste and burnt residues.
Chapters 3 and 4 of Management and storage of combustible recyclable and waste materials - guideline (publication 1667) has more information.
Control of Fire Water Run-Off (FRV publication GL-12) also has more information.
Understand licence and permit conditions
An EPA licence or permit has standard conditions attached. These outline the legal obligations of the permission holder. They set up a framework for risk management, record keeping and reporting. Referring to them may help you understand the risks and risk management controls you need to demonstrate in your application:
- A13a licence conditions (large waste and resource recovery)
- A13b permit conditions (medium waste and resource recovery)
How to prepare and submit an application
- Check if you need a permission
Waste and recycling – Guide to preventing harm to people and the environment (publication 1825)
Auto recyclers guideline (publication 1810)
Fact sheet: Engaging consultants (publication 1702)
Fact sheet: Fire prevention: combustible recyclable and waste materials (publication 1759)
Reviewed 23 November 2021