Special approval - Queensland


You will need this special approval if you intend to perform activities specified by an authority, which may be any of the activities normally authorised by a generation, transmission or distribution authority.

Special approval grants you approval to conduct activities specified by an authority without gaining the authority.

Generally, special approvals are granted when special circumstances apply such that authorisation of the activities by a generation, transmission or distribution authority, as the case may be, is not appropriate. For example, a special approval may allow the operator of an island resort, which is generating its own electricity and operating its own supply network within the resort, to perform those generation and distribution activities.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

Please contact the agency to identify any eligibility requirements.


The term should take into account the expected life of the infrastructure. You will need to justify the rationale for the term applied for.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $554.12

Fees for 2023-24

Apply Licence All $408.25

Annual fee. Fees for 2023-24

Transfer Transfer All $176.02

Fees for 2023-24

Other resources

Task Business Structure Resources
General All Special approval guidance - PDF (Opens in new window)

Transfer process


This approval can be transferred.

Approval time

Around 4 months

Administering agency

Department of Energy and Climate

Contact details

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