Environmental authority - Queensland

Description

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 that may cause harm.

  • 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. More information on who your administering authority will be based on your activity is available here.

Service type

Licence

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.

Fees

Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All

You can find the current fees here.

Other resources

Application process

Apply

Some projects 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).

You can either complete your application through Online Services or obtain the application form from the administering authority.

Transfer process

Transfer

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

Department of Environment, Science and Innovation

Contact details

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