Persons or businesses undertaking activities with potential to harm the environment may need a licence from the Environment Protection Authority (EPA). Polluting activities may include:
- management, production or transport of solid or liquid waste
- production of heat
- emissions into the air or water.
Who should apply
If your business discharges emissions into the air or water, is odorous or noisy, then check whether you require an EPA licence.
View the full list of activities that may require a licence – Schedule 1 of Environment Protection Act 1993. Alternatively, you can find out by contacting the EPA or the local council's planning department.
It is your responsibility to determine whether a licence is required for the proposed activity. Undertaking a prescribed activity without a licence could result in a maximum fine of $120,000.
How to apply
1. Obtain development consent
Consider whether development consent is necessary for the prescribed activity before applying for a licence. To help you decide whether development consent is required, contact:
If you require development consent, the EPA cannot issue you with a licence until that consent is obtained.
2. Application form
When you have decided that you need an environment licence you will need to fill out an application form.
Download an application form – print, complete, sign and date it.
Lodge the signed application with the EPA, along with the specified fee. EPA address details and fees are listed on the form.
Phone: 8204 2058
Freecall (outside metro): 1800 623 445
Fax: 8124 4672
The term of an EPA licence is generally five years but can vary from one to ten years, based on the EPA's assessment of the risk or duration of the activity.
If your licence has expired, you may need to apply for a new one.