Licences are required for certain activities under the POEO Act, for Environmentally Hazardous Chemicals, transport of Dangerous Goods, use of Pesticides and use of Radiation apparatus.
Licensing under the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997
The Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 (POEO Act) establishes the NSW environmental regulatory framework and includes a licensing requirement for certain activities.
Guide to licensing
The Guide to licensing is a general guide to EPA’s environment protection licensing requirements and provides information to help you determine if you are required to hold an environment protection licence and the steps to be followed to obtain a licence.
Use eConnect EPA to apply online for Environment Protection, Radiation, Dangerous Goods and Pesticides licences, to manage your licence and submit annual returns.
Download licence forms, or you can use eConnect EPA online licensing tool for a number of processes relating to environment protection licences.
All licences attract annual administrative fees and some licences will also require payment of annual load-based fees.
The EPA's risk-based licensing system aims to ensure that all environment protection licensees receive an appropriate level of regulation based on the level of risk they pose. Moving to a risk-based system is an important and positive change to environment protection licensing in NSW.
The load-based licensing (LBL) scheme, sets limits on the pollutant loads emitted by holders of environment protection licences and links licence fees to pollutant emissions. LBL is a powerful tool for controlling, reducing and preventing air and water pollution in NSW.
What is emissions trading?
Emissions trading is a market-based scheme for environmental improvement that allows parties to buy and sell permits for emissions or credits for reductions in emissions of certain pollutants.
Licensing and training
Drivers and vehicles must both be licenced to transport dangerous goods in NSW. Find out what you need to do to get a licence.
Applying for an Environmentally Hazardous Chemicals Licence
Licences and advice for occupational pesticide users
Do you need to use pesticides as part of your job? You may require a licence from the EPA. When using pesticides, you need to follow the rules to protect people and the environment.
Radiation user licence
If you deal with radioactive materials or devices, you will need a user licence.