Dredging and removal of quarry material in tidal water - Queensland

Description

Quarry material on land under State tidal water is generally owned by the Queensland Government. To remove this material, you must apply for an allocation of quarry material (an allocation notice) and pay a royalty for the material removed.

This applies to:

  • extractive industry (e.g. for sand and gravel for construction purposes)
  • capital dredging associated with some form of tidal works (e.g. excavation of a marina basin, dredging of a new navigation channel)
  • maintenance dredging.

Removal can involve taking the material for sale, using the spoil for reclamation or fill above the high water mark, or removing the material for dewatering or another environmental purpose on land.

The purpose of regulating the removal of quarry material on Queensland's coast is to avoid potentially negative impacts on coastal resources such as degradation of water quality, changes to hydrodynamics of tidal waterways or loss of sediment that feeds coastal processes such as beach building.

Service type

Licence

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

Eligibility requirements

In addition to an allocation notice, you may need a development permit before you can start removing quarry material under tidal water. Contact the State Assessment and Referral Agency in the Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning for further information on development permit requirements.

If the development is an environmentally relevant activity, an environmental authority is needed as well.

Once you have an allocation notice, you can lodge these other applications.

Ongoing Eligibility Requirements

You must tell the department regularly what quantity of quarry material you have removed using the return notice form.

A royalty is generally payable for quarry material removed under an allocation notice, but there are exemptions. Refer to the fees and royalties information sheet for more information.

Duration

The allocation notice remains in effect for up to 6 years, unless cancelled or suspended before the expiry date.

Fees

Common Fees details for this service in table format.

Type Amount Description
Application $245.80

Application for allocation notice to take no more than 10000 cubic metres of quarry material

Application $729.00

Application for allocation notice to take more than 10000 cubic metres of quarry material

Miscellaneous -

Refer to the fees and royalties information sheet below.

Act(s) name

Coastal Protection and Management Act 1995 QLD

Regulation(s) name

Coastal Protection and Management Regulation 2017 QLD

Application process

It is recommended that you arrange a pre-lodgement meeting with the department to help prepare your application.

To make your application, you will need to complete the 'General details for all applications (Form Part A) - ESR/2015/1663' and 'Allocation of quarry material application form - ESR/2015/1577'.

You can apply for an allocation of quarry material:

  • online through Connect at www.ehp.qld.gov.au/connect or
  • request the form 'Application for allocation of quarry material - ESR/2015/1577' by emailing palm@ehp.qld.gov.au or phoning 1300 130 372 (and selecting option 4), then submitting it to the department using the postal details supplied in the form.

Your application must be accompanied by documentation such as plans and information about your proposed volumes and methods. Refer to the 'Allocation of quarry material - guideline' for details on what to include with your application and how the department will consider your application.

Transfer

You can transfer all or part of your allocation of quarry material to another person.

Additional information

Moving material from one location to another within tidal water is not regarded as quarrying, but requires development approval for disposing of material in tidal water.

The Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning website has information on how to apply for a development approval.

The Guideline: State Development Assessment Provisions for State Code 8: Coastal development and tidal works provides guidance on addressing State Code 8: Coastal development and tidal works code (the code) in the State Development Assessment Provisions for coastal development and tidal works assessable under the Planning Regulation 2017.

When phoning the 1300 number provided below, select option 4 in the phone menu.

Administering agency

Department of Environment and Heritage Protection

Contact details

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

Permit and Licence Management

Department of Environment and Heritage Protection

Mailing address: GPO Box 2454
BRISBANE QLD 4001
Phone: 1300 130 372
Email: palm@ehp.qld.gov.au
Website: Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (Opens in new window)