Environmental authority - Maranoa 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 $341.00

Fees for 2023-24.

Apply Application All $145.00

Continuing chapter 4 activity. Fees for 2023-24

Apply Application All -

Annual ERA fees:

  • incinerating waste (ERA No 61 (1)) AES 0 (incinerating waste vegetation, clean paper or cardboard) - $341.00
  • metal forming (ERA No 19) - 10,000 T or more - $341.00
  • metal recovery (ERA No 20) - 100 T / day AES 0 - $341.00
  • metal recovery (ERA No 20) - metal recovery with a fragmentiser - 100 T/day or more or 10,000 T / year or more AES 51 - $7,101.00
  • metal recovery (ERA No 20) - metal recovery without a fragmentiser - 100 T / day or 10,000 T / year or more AES 19 - $2,630.00
  • plastics manufacture (includes fibreglass products manufacture) - (ERA No 12) - plastics manufacture (other than plastic in item 2 below: 50 T / year or more - $3,945.00
  • plastics manufacture (includes fibreglass products manufacture) - ERA No 2 - plastics manufacture - foam, composite plastic or rigid reinforced: 5 T / year or more - $7,561.00
  • registration (chapter 4 activities) - asphalt manufacturing (ERA No 6) - $341.00
  • registration (chapter 4 activities) - boat maintaining or repairing facility (ERA No 49) AES 17 - $2,367.00
  • surface coating (ERA No 38 (1)(a) and (2)(a) - motor vehicle workshop (includes panel beating & spray painting) - (ERA No 21) AES 7 - $341.00
  • surface coating (ERA No 38 (1)(a) and 38 (2)(a) - anodising, electroplating, enamelling or galvanising using 1 T - 100 T / year or surface coating materials AES 10 - $1,394.00
  • surface coating (ERA No 38 (1)(a) and 38 (2)(a) - coating, painting or powder coating using 1 T - 100 T / year surface coating materials AES 0 - $341.00.

Fees for 2023-24

Vary Variation All $341.00

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

Maranoa Regional Council

Contact details

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