Environmental authority for environmentally relevant activities - Queensland


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

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

The administering authority will be dependent on your ERA. A business that conducts any of the following activities requires an environmental authority from this department:

  • intensive animal feedlotting and feeding
  • pig farming
  • poultry farming
  • dairy farming
  • livestock holding facilities.

Higher risk ERAs are treated differently from lower risk ERAs. The administering authority will use 'operational thresholds' to determine the risks of your ERA, and your annual fees.

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 this authority, you must be registered as a suitable operator.

You must also meet the standards conditions and eligibility criteria prescribed to your specific ERA.

You may 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

Once you have an EA, you will need to continue to:

  • pay the annual fees and submit annual returns
  • comply with the conditions on your EA.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All

You can find the current fees here.


Task Business Structure Resources
Apply All Environmental authority for environmentally relevant activities - Request a form by emailing or calling the department.

Application process


To apply for an EA you must request an application form from the department.

Additional information

Some prospects may involve more than one prescribed ERA. These are referred to as 'prescribed ERA projects'. In your application you must list all the prescribed ERAs to be carried out as part of your project (i.e. as a single integrated operation).

Administering agency

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

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:

Livestock Regulation

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

Mailing address: PO BOX 102
Toowoomba, Queensland 4350
Phone: 13 25 23
Fax: 07 4688 1192
Email: LivestockRegulator@daf.qld.gov.au
Website: Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (Opens in new window)