Environmental authority - Brisbane City Council - Queensland


You will need an environmental authority to undertake an environmentally relevant activity (ERA). ERAs are prescribed or resource activities with the potential to release contaminants into the environment.

  • Prescribed activities include industrial or intensive agricultural activities.
  • Resource activities include mining, petroleum, geothermal or greenhouse gas storage activities.

Who you need to apply to will be determined by your ERA. You will need to apply to the council if you undertake any of the following:

  • asphalt manufacturing
  • plastic product manufacturing
  • metal forming
  • surface coating
  • boat maintenance or repair.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for an environmental authority, you must:

  • be a registered suitable operator
  • meet the standard conditions and eligibility criteria prescribed to your specific ERA.

You will also require development approval if you are conducting the following activities:

  • changing the type of activity
  • re-establishing an ERA activity that was abandoned
  • changing the scale or intensity of activity
  • carrying out building work
  • carrying out plumbing or drainage work.

Ongoing eligibility requirements

The council is required to monitor the operational standards of your ERA through routine inspections. The expected frequency of these inspections will depend on the type of ERA and its level of compliance.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $625.75

New environmental authority. Fees for 2021-22

Apply Application All $306.65

Amalgamated environmental authority. Fees for 2021-22

Apply Licence All $1881.80

ERA 6 - Asphalt manufacturing. Fees for 2021-22

Apply Licence All $1646.80

ERA 12 - Plastic product manufacturing. Fees for 2021-22

Apply Licence All $631.80

ERA 19 - Metal forming. Fees for 2021-22

Apply Licence All $631.80

ERA 38 - Surface coating. Fees for 2021-22

Apply Licence All $999.75

ERA 49 - Boat maintenance or repair facility. Fees for 2021-22

Transfer Transfer All $129.95

Fees for 2021-22


You cannot transfer an existing environmental authority to a new site. However, an environmental authority can be transferred to another person / entity at the same location.

Administering agency

Brisbane City Council

Contact details

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

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Brisbane City Council

Operating address: Library and Customer Centre
Level 1
266 George Street
Brisbane, Queensland 4001
Mailing address: GPO BOX 1434
Brisbane, Queensland 4001
Phone: 07 3403 8888
Phone: 13 32 63
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