Environmental authority - South Burnett Regional Council - Queensland


You will need an environmental authority to undertake an environmentally relevant activity (ERA).The EA will licence you to operate the ERA.

The 3 categories of ERA are:

  • prescribed ERAs including industrial or some intensive agricultural activities
  • resource activities including mining, petroleum, geothermal or greenhouse gas storage activities
  • agricultural ERAs including cattle grazing, horticulture or cultivation of another crop carried out in the Great Barrier Reef catchment.

Who you need to apply to will be determined by your ERA. More information on who your administering authority will be based on your activity is available here.

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 registered as a suitable operator
  • if an ERA standard is applicable, meet the standard conditions and eligibility criteria prescribed to your specific ERA.

You will also need a 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.


As specified


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $445.50

Fees for 2023-24

Apply Licence All $174.00

ERA with AES of 0. Fees for 2023-24

Apply Licence All $264.50

ERA with AES of 0 to 10. Fees for 2023-24

Apply Licence All $528.50

ERA with AES of 11 to 30. Fees for 2023-24

Apply Licence All $860.50

ERA with AES of more than 30. Fees for 2023-24

Transfer process


You can apply to transfer an environmental authority for a prescribed activity but you cannot transfer an EA for a resource activity. You can only transfer an EA to a suitable operator.

Administering agency

South Burnett Regional Council

Contact details

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