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Important Update


As of 31 March 2013, some licensing procedures became simpler and many businesses no longer need to apply for an environmental approval from local government. This is because of the Greentape reduction program and the Queensland government review of the Environmental Protection Act 1994.

This means that many businesses don’t need to hold an environmental authority with Council; although they will still need to comply with the standards. In most cases Council officers are still responsible for investigating pollution incidents and environmental nuisance (e.g. noise from a factory).

The following table shows the licensing requirements for local government environmentally relevant activities (ERA) that may have changed.

Table 1: Licencable ERAs.
Environmentally relevant activity ERA threshold Environmental authority required after 31 March 2013

ERA 6 - Asphalt manufacturing

a - manufacturing of asphalt in a year <1000 tonnes

No

ERA 6 - Asphalt manufacturing

b - manufacturing more than 1000t of asphalt in a year

Yes

ERA 8 - Chemical storage

3a - storing of 10m3 to 500m3 of chemicals of class C1 or C2 combustible liquids under AS 1940 or dangerous goods class 3

No

ERA 18 - Boilermaking or engineering

a - producing 200 tonnes to 10,000 tonnes of metal product in a year

No

ERA 18 - Boilermaking or engineering

b - producing more than 10,000 tonnes of metal product in a year

No

ERA 21 - Motor vehicle workshop operation

No threshold

No

ERA 37 - Printing

a - printing 200 to 1000 tonnes of materials in a year

No

ERA 37 - Printing

b - printing more than 1000 tonnes of material in a year

No

ERA 38 - Surface coating

2a - coating, painting or powder coating using 1 to 100 tonnes of surface coating material p.a.

No

ERA 38 - Surface coating

1 - anodising, electroplating, enamelling or galvanising using, in a year, the following quantity of surface coating materials—

(a)   1t to 100t

Yes

ERA 43 - Concrete batching

No threshold

No

ERA 48 - Wooden and laminated product manufacturing

1 - manufacturing more than 100 tonnes of wooden products in a year

No

ERA 4 – Poultry farming

1 - farming more than 1,000 but not more than 200,000 birds

Yes.  Change of administering authority from local to state government.

ERA 12 - Plastic product  manufacturing

1 - manufacturing, in a year, a total of 50t or more of plastic product, other than a plastic product mentioned in item 2.

Yes

ERA 12 - Plastic product  manufacturing

2 - manufacturing, in a year, a total of 5t or more of foam, composite plastics or rigid fibre-reinforced plastics

Yes

ERA 19 - Metal forming

hot forming a total of 10000t or more of metal in a year

Yes

ERA 20 - Metal recovery

1 - recovering less than 100t of metal in a day.

Yes

ERA 20 - Metal recovery

2 - recovering 100t or more of metal in a day, or 10000t or more of metal in a year without using a fragmentiser

Yes

ERA 49 - Boat maintenance or repair

operating, on a commercial basis, a boat maintenance or repair facility for maintaining or repairing hulls, superstructure or mechanical components of boats or seaplanes

Yes

ERA 61 - Waste incineration and thermal treatment

1 - incinerating waste vegetation, clean paper or cardboard

 

Yes

Find out more about changes to the approval process for ERAs.

ERAs are defined and categorised under Schedule 2 of the Environmental Protection Regulation 2008 dependent upon their potential risk to the environment.

A business that conducts any of the following activities requires an environmental authority from Council. Note - If you are unsure if your business requires a development approval and environmental authority, contact Council.

  • ERA 6 Asphalt Manufacturing.
  • ERA 12 Plastic Product Manufacturing (50t or more of plastic products/yr; or 5t or more of foam, composite plastics or rigid fibre-reinforced plastics/yr).
  • ERA 19 Metal Forming (10000t or more/yr).
  • ERA 20 Metal Recovery (less than 100t/day; or more than 100t/day or 10000t/yr).
  • ERA 38 Surface Coating (anodising, electroplating, enameling or galvanising using 1t to 100t of surface coating materials in a year).
  • ERA 49 Boat Maintenance or Repair.
  • ERA 61 Waste Incineration and Thermal Treatment.
A full list of ERAs, including those that require approval by State Government, can be found in Schedule 2 of the Environmental Protection Regulation 2008.
If the activity related to your business is not included in the table, you still have a responsibility to comply with the General Environmental Duty (Section 319), other relevant legislation, and other related applications to ensure that your business does not have an adverse impact on the environment.

A list of all ERAs can be found in Schedule 2 of the Environmental Protection Regulation 2008.