Environmental Authorisation - Australian Capital Territory

Service summary

You will require this authorisation if you intend to undertake certain activities that pose environmental risk (due to the nature of the activity and / or the scale of operation). There are three situations where an environmental authorisation is required, these are categorised as class A, B or other activities depending on the level of environmental risk. Environmental authorisations establish tailored conditions for each of these activities. These activities include:

  • Waste collection, disposal, treatment and transport
  • Logging and forestry operations
  • Concerts and associated venue management
  • Sale or supply of firewood
  • Abattoir operation
  • Milking facilities
  • Certain manufacturing and processing activities
  • Landfills
  • Commercial aquaculture or mariculture
  • Crematoria operation
  • Motor racing venue
  • Poultry and livestock farms
  • Open air burning
  • Storage, sale, use and servicing of certain products, chemicals or substances
  • Extraction activities
  • Major land development.

Please use the contact details below to find out more information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

Your eligibility for this authorisation is determined by the activities you are undertaking. Each activity has different requirements to prevent environmental harm.

You must submit with your application:

  • Information about the proposed activity and its environmental impact
  • Proof of permission from land owner to undertake the activity.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


As specified on the authorisation.



Fees will vary depending on your circumstances. Please use the contact details below to find out more information.

Administering agency

Environment and Planning Directorate

Act(s) name

Environment Protection Act 1997 (Australian Capital Territory)

Contact details

Environment Protection Authority
Environment and Planning Directorate
Environment and Planning Directorate
Environment Protection Authority

Operating address:
Dame Pattie Menzies House
16 Challis Street
Australian Capital Territory 2602
Mailing address:
Canberra City, Australian Capital Territory 2601


02 6207 1923


13 22 81

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