As Victoria’s environmental regulator, EPA makes decisions about how to protect the environment from pollution and waste.

If a decision we make about environmental protection impacts you, we try to make sure you’re involved. For example, through public consultations.

This means you can help us make appropriate decisions about projects, plans and policies that matter to you. 

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Have your say on development licence applications

EPA issues development licences for building and development that could impact the environment. They help us prevent pollution and manage waste from industry.

You can comment on and appeal against published development licence applications. These are published on Engage Victoria. We’ll consider your comments when making decisions about applications.

Comment on a development licence application

You can comment on published development licence applications. You must send us your comments within 21 days of when we advertise the application.

Comment on development licence applications.

Visit the Engage Victoria website to:

Appeal a development licence decision

You may be able to appeal against our decision to:

  • grant a development licence
  • issue or amend a licence.

The Victorian Civil and Administrative Council (VCAT) will review your appeal.

Have your say on new environmental laws

The Environment Protection Amendment Act 2017 came into effect on 1 July 2021. The new laws make sure all Victorians are responsible for minimising our impacts on the environment.

To be ready for these changes, we developed new subordinate instruments, industry guidance and policy documents.

During 2019, EPA and DELWP consulted broadly with industry, local government and the community to develop proposed subordinate legislation. 

Follow EPA’s Engage Victoria page to find our latest public consultations.

Take part in our events

Search our upcoming events and stay informed about how we’re protecting Victoria’s environment. 

Reviewed 14 September 2023