Environmental authority for environmentally relevant activities (Redland) - Queensland


An environmental authority is required for an activity that meets the definition of a prescribed environmentally relevant activity (ERA) set out in Schedule 2 of the Environmental Protection Regulation 2008 (EP Reg).
The Sustainable Planning Act forms "Application details - IDAS form 1" and "Environmentally Relevant Activities - IDAS form 8" and any other IDAS forms relevant to the development are used for any application for a development approval.  These forms are available on the Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning website at http://www.dsdip.qld.gov.au/forms-templates/idas-forms-guides-and-checklists-spa.html.

The Business Queensland website has information about obtaining an environmental authority at https://www.business.qld.gov.au/running-business/environment/licences-permits.

You should contact your Council for details of forms to apply for an environmental authority for ERAs devolved to them.

This licence is required to carry out an ERA for which administrative responsibility has been devolved to Councils.

Section 101 of the EP Regulation lists the ERAs and other ERAs carried out within stated thresholds that are re-devolved to local government.  You should refer to both Section 101 and Schedule 2 to determine if local government administers an ERA.


6  - Asphalt manufacturing
12 - Plastic product manufacturing
19 - Metal forming

ERAs with thresholds or conditions:

20 - Metal recovery
38 - Surface coating
49 - Boat maintenance or repair (only to the extent it is carried out at a boat maintenance or repair facility)
61 - Waste incineration and thermal treatment

Sections 103 to 108 of the Environmental Protection Regulation 2008 list the circumstances when these ERAs are not devolved to local council.

An activity is not devolved for management by a local government if:

(a) the activity includes a non-devolved environmentally relevant activity at the same place;
(b) the activity is carried out by a local government or the State; or
(c) the activity is a 'mobile and temporary ERA' and is carried out in more than one local government area.

The information sheet Environmentally relevant activities devolved to local government (EM2101) provides information about the ERAs devolved to local government.  It is available at www.qld.gov.au using the publication number EM2101 as a search term - (http://www.ehp.qld.gov.au/licences-permits/business-industry/pdf/era-devolved-local-govt-em2101.pdf).

For further information please contact Council.

Service type


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


A Level 1 ERA requires an annual renewal; A Level 2 ERA is renewed every 3 yeas.


You will be required to pay an application fee plus an annual fee (if applicable). Contact council for relevant fees. All fees are GST exempt unless otherwise stated.

Application process

You can obtain this registration by submitting a completed application form/s together with relevant fees, to council.

Transfer process

Prior to transferring this registration, you, as the holder, must advise the buyer in writing of the requirement to apply for a registration.

You can transfer this registration by completing and submitting to Council the relevant application form/s (both you as the buyer and also the seller to complete).

Administering agency

Redland City Council

Contact details

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

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

Redland City Council

Operating address: Corner Bloomfield & Middle Streets
Cleveland, Queensland, 4163
Mailing address: PO BOX 21
Cleveland, Queensland 4163
Phone: 07 3829 8999
Fax: 07 3829 8765
Email: rcc@redland.qld.gov.au
Website: Redland City Council (Opens in new window)