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How to apply for environmental licence or permit

If the department is your administering authority, you can apply for an environmental authority (EA) online, through Connect at www.des.qld.gov.au/connect, for all activities.

Alternatively, you can apply using the standard, variation or site-specific application forms, which are available by emailing , on the Business Queensland website, or phoning 1300 130 372 and selecting option 4.

New EA applications for mining activities can be completed through Connect only after completing a tenure application through the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy's MyMinesOnline service.

The department is progressively moving licence and permit information from this website to the Business Queensland website. If you are seeking further information about lodging an EA, please go to the Business Queensland website (search for environmental authority).

The department provides information about how to obtain environmental licences and permits. This includes fee information, application forms, information sheets and guidelines relevant to a range of activities.

When planning a project or activity that could impact upon the environment, it is important to first determine what kinds of approvals are required.

If your application is for a development approval under the Planning Act 2016, we strongly encourage you to take advantage of the consultation service provided by the Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning (DILGP), before lodging the application. This will ensure the correct information has been provided and the application can proceed without delays. For information on how to organise a pre-lodgment meeting, please contact your local DILGP office.

If your application is for an approval that is not a development approval under the Planning Act 2016, we strongly encourage you to take advantage of our free consultation service before lodging the application with the department. This will ensure the correct information has been provided and the application can proceed without delays.

To request advice for an application that is not a development approval:

Alternatively, you can download the form Application for pre-lodgement services—ESR/2015/1664 (formerly EM1125) (Word, 184K).

More information

Types of environmental licences and permits

Last updated
8 December 2018