Environmentally Relevant Activities (ERAs) are activities that will, or have the potential to, release contaminants into the environment that may cause environmental harm. It is a requirement of the Environmental Protection Act 1994 (EP Act) and the Environmental Protection Regulation 2019 (EP Regulation) that anyone who conducts an ERA must possess an environmental authority.
Local Government Devolved ERA’s
The following ERAs are devolved to Local Government as listed in schedule 2 of the EP Regulation:
plastic product manufacturing;
surface coating, carried out within the threshold for anodising, electroplating, enamelling or galvanising, using 1t to 100t of surface coating materials in a year;
boat maintenance or repair, but only to the extent the activity is, or is to be, carried out at a boat maintenance or repair facility.
If you are wishing to start a business that is classed as an ERA devolved to Council, you are required to complete our application process. For more information on the application process see below.
To operate an Environmentally Relevant Activities (ERA) you must carry an Environmental Authority under Environmental Protection Act 1994.
All ERAs that are administered by Council require a development permit. When this development application is submitted, it is also assessed as an Environmental Authority Application, that is, you do not need to submit a separate Environmental Authority Application in this instance. Your development application and the environmental authority will be assessed simultaneously.
If planning approval is already in place, contact us on 1300 972 753 to start the application process.
An Environmental Health Officer will assess your application in accordance with the provision of the Environmental Protection Act 1994 and contact you if any further information is required.
An on-site assessment may be carried out to ensure compliance. If Council is satisfied with your development application or environmental authority, we will issue Environmental Authority Certificate or Development Approval with conditions.