Environmental authority for intensive animal feedlotting - cattle - Queensland


You are required to obtain this Environmental Authority to operate the environmentally relevant activity of  'intensive animal feedlotting - cattle'

The following publications are available from the Department:

  • National Guidelines for Beef Cattle Feedlots
  • The Reference Manual for the Establishment and Operation of Beef Cattle Feedlots in Queensland

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

What are the prerequisites to obtaining this authority?

The Environmental Protection Act requires an entity (e.g an operator) to be registered as a suitable operator to carry out an environmentally relevant activity such as feed lotting. The application for registration as a suitable operator must be made to the Department of Environment and Heritage.  More information on how to apply can be provided by contacting the office below.


An Environmental Authority remains in force unless it is surrendered or cancelled.


Application process

Submit an application to the departments Intensive Livestock Environmental Regulation Unit at the address given in the contact list at the end of this summary sheet..

The department may request from you further information that may be required to enable a decision be made on the environmental authority.


The environmental authority can be transferred.

An application to transfer an environmental authority may be made by the holder of that authority. The application must be signed by the existing holder and the proposed holder(s) of the environmental authority. More information on how to apply can be provided by contacting the office below.

The Environmental Protection Act requires that the proposed holder is a registered suitable operator. Department of Environment and Heritage will check the applicants suitability..

Additional information

The Business Queensland website includes a form and fee finder which can be used to determine which environmental authority is applicable, the administering authority, the forms and fees applicable and whether or not a development approval is also required.

National guidelines for beef cattle feedlots in Australia (3rd Ed)

Animal welfare practices

Administering agency

Department of Environment and Science

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:


Animal Industries

Science, Agriculture, Food and Regional Services

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

Operating address: Intensive Livestock Environment Regulation
203 Tor Street
Queensland 4350
Mailing address: PO Box 102
Queensland 4350
Phone: 07 4688 1374
Fax: 07 4688 1192
Email: LivestockRegulator@daf.qld.gov.au
Website: Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (Opens in new window)