Environment Protection Licence - New South Wales


You will need this licence if you intend to undertake certain industrial, agricultural, transport, extractive or waste related activities that may impact upon the environment.

Please note that you will need this licence if you are either undertaking the work or the occupier of the premises.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

The requirements for this licence vary depending on the activity proposed to be undertaken. Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.

Ongoing eligibility requirements

If you operate a construction and demolition waste facility, you must comply with the Standards for Managing Construction Waste in NSW.


This licence remains in force until it is suspended, revoked or surrendered.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

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Fees will vary depending on your circumstances. Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Act(s) name

Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 New South Wales

Regulation(s) name

Protection of the Environment Operations (General) Regulation 2009 New South Wales

Additional information

You may be required this licence if you intend to undertake the following activities:

  • agricultural processing
  • aquaculture or mariculture
  • brewing and distilling
  • cement or lime handling / production
  • ceramic works
  • chemical production, storage or container reconditioning
  • coal works or mines
  • petroleum exploration, assessment and production
  • coke production (producing coke from coal)
  • manufacturing compost
  • concrete works
  • contaminated soil or groundwater treatment
  • crushing, grinding or separating sand, gravel or assorted minerals
  • electricity generation
  • energy recovery (the recovery of energy from waste materials)
  • operating a helicopter
  • extractive activities
  • irrigated agriculture
  • livestock processing / intensive activities
  • wood or timber milling or processing
  • wood preservation
  • operate a marina or conduct boat repairs
  • metallurgical activities
  • mineral mining or processing
  • paper or pulp production
  • petroleum and fuel production
  • printing, packaging and visual communication activities that involves the use of hazardous substances
  • operating railway
  • shipping in bulk
  • road construction
  • sewage treatment
  • operating a wharf and the associated facilities that are used for the bulk loading and unloading of vessels dealing in agricultural products, minerals, etc
  • sterilisation activities
  • storing, treatment, transporting, processing or disposing of waste.

Administering agency

Department of Planning and Environment

NSW Environment Protection Authority

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.