Environmentally Relevant Activities (ERA's)
An Environmentally Relevant Activity (ERA) is an activity that is required to be approved by either Council or the State Government due to its potential to damage or pollute the environment (air, land, water and noise).
The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (DEHP) and other state government agencies regulate higher risk activities whilst local councils regulate activities (devolved activities) with only localised pollution potential.
The Environmental Protection Act 1994 places a general environmental duty on all persons to protect Queensland’s environment while allowing for ecologically sustainable development.
Businesses conducting a devolved ERA are required to have an environmental authority to operate through Council, and Council is responsible for monitoring the standard of operations in these premises.
Council’s Environmental Services Officers conduct routine inspections of these premises to monitor compliance with the Environmental Protection Act 1994.
Officers are also available for advice and assistance.
Starting and Operating a Business Involving an ERA
For further details on starting and operating a business involving an ERA see the below link:
The fees for an Environmental Authority for an ERA can be found in Council’s Fees and Charges (PDF 745.5KB).
When completing the Environmental Authority for an ERA Application Form (see below) please ensure you read all of the form and provide all of the information requested.