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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 works approval applications

EPA issues works approvals and 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 works approvals and licence applications. These are published on Engage Victoria. We’ll consider your comments when making decisions about applications.

Comment on a works approval or licence application

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

Comment on works approval and licence applications (includes a video about the works approval process)

Visit the Engage Victoria website to:

Appeal a works approval or licence decision

You may be able to appeal against our decision to:

  • grant a works approval
  • issue or amend a licence.

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

Have your say on new environmental laws

On 1 July 2021, the Environment Protection Amendment Act 2018 comes into force. The new laws will make sure all Victorians are responsible for minimising our impacts on the environment.

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

You can have your say on how we’re developing these laws and putting them in place.

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 9 September 2020