EPA is bringing former licences, approvals and exemptions over to the Environment Protection Act 2017 (the Act).  The Act came into effect on 1 July 2021. EPA is: 

  • contacting licence holders to explain what has changed
  • updating waste acceptance and treatment codes, and their conditions 
  • updating conditions to reflect the Act. 

Most duty holders who held a permission have automatically continued to hold the equal permission under the Act.

Changes are largely complete for licence and permit holders who managed prescribed waste or prescribed industrial waste under the Environment Protection Act 1970. To find out more, see:

All licences and permits will receive new statutory document identification numbers as they transition to equivalent permissions. Statutory documents are published to the public register.

In the transition period ending 30 June 2024, all transitioned operating licences and permits will be amended to align with the Environment Protection Act 2017. All other transitioned licences or exemptions will be amended as needed. In consultation with duty holders, EPA will determine which conditions will be amended, added or revoked. These amendments will also include the addition of new standard conditions where appropriate.

Standard conditions are published at:

While the transition approach is underway, you must continue to meet all existing conditions of your permission.

We’ll be in touch with you to explain our approach and requirements during the transition period. In the meantime, you can review details of our timelines on:


Check if you need a permission to find out more.


Reviewed 24 July 2023