If you think you may require an environment protection licence, consult the Guide to Licensing. You can apply for an environment protection licence via eConnect EPA the EPA's online licensing tool. Read more about how to apply online using eConnect EPA.
If you are unable to complete an online application using eConnect EPA, or you require a licence variation, transfer or surrender, you can download an application form.
Application forms are available to
- apply for, transfer, vary or surrender a licence
- apply for a load reduction agreement.
- apply to sign an annual return on behalf of a licence holder.
All licence holders must
- comply with the conditions of their licence
- prepare pollution incident response management plans
- publish and/or make pollution monitoring data available
- pay annual administrative fees and, in some cases, additional fees
- submit annual returns.
The risk-based licensing system aims to ensure that all environment protection licensees receive an appropriate level of regulation based on the environmental risk of the activity. This allows the EPA to better target regulatory efforts towards high risk and poor performing licensees. The system also provides financial incentives for licensees to improve environmental performance and compliance.
The load-based licensing (LBL) scheme sets limits on the pollutant loads emitted by the state's larger and potentially most polluting industries by linking licence fees to pollutant emissions. The LBL scheme also provides the infrastructure for emissions trading schemes. These enable emissions to be controlled from groups of licensees as well as from individual premises by allowing licensees to buy and sell credits for reducing emissions.
Other information sources relating to environment protection licences are
- the public register, which contains information on licence reviews, prosecutions and other issues
- the National Pollutant Inventory, which provides data on types and amounts of certain emissions across Australia, and their impact on health and the environment.
The EPA manages a strategic compliance audit program, which assesses how licence holders comply with existing requirements and provides industry with examples of best practice to encourage improved environmental performance.
To help the EPA manage its audit program and promote environmental improvements