Environmental authority - Whitsunday Regional 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 $662.00

Application for assessment of a development application for one or more concurrence ERA's. Fees for 2022-23

Apply Application All -

Additional fees may apply, please contact your council for information on fees to be submitted.

Apply Inspection All $140.00

Additional inspection (per hour or part thereof). Fees for 2022-23

Apply Inspection All $574.00

Transitional environmental program assessment fee (including two inspections). Fees for 2022-23

Transfer Transfer All $135.00

Fees for 2022-23

Vary Variation All $330.00

Application to change environmental authority, other than an application for a minor change or a change approved by the administering authority (EPAct s 132(1)(b)). Fees for 2022-23

Vary Variation All $330.00

Amendment application for environmental authority (EPAct s 226(1)(c)). Fees for 2022-23

Vary Variation All $330.00

Application to change amendment application for environmental authority (EPAct S 236(b)). Fees for 2022-23

Vary Variation All $330.00

Amalgamation application (EPAct s 246(d)). Fees for 2022-23



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

Whitsunday Regional Council

Contact details

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