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Environmental Protection Regulation fees increase 1 July

Wednesday, 3 July 2019

Each year the fees under the Environmental Protection Regulation 2008 are increased. As different local governments have different application and annual fees for their ERAs, DES sends through the annual fee increase information each year should local governments with a devolution wish to apply DES’s fees, or alternatively use them as a guide.

The Environmental Legislation (Fees) Amendment Regulation 2019 was approved by Governor-in-Council on 6 June 2019. It applies a 2.25% indexation to the fees set by the Environmental Protection Regulation 2008 and took effect 1 July 2019

Why do I need to know?

The administration of some environmentally relevant activities (ERAs) is devolved to certain local governments. The local government where the activity is to be sited will be responsible for receiving, processing, assessing and deciding applications for an environmental authority for an ERA if they have a devolution for ERAs. This makes the local government the administering authority under the Environmental Protection Act 1994.

Where the local government does not have a devolution for ERAs, the environmental authority application must be made to the Department of Environment and Science (DES) as the administering authority.

SEE MORE information about activities devolved to local governments.

Examples of some activities devolved to local government include:

  • asphalt manufacturing
  • plastic product manufacturing
  • boat maintenance or repair carried out at a boat maintenance or repair facility
  • surface coating and metal forming. 

Find out more about annual fees and application fees.


Local Government Association of Queensland
LG House, 25 Evelyn Street, Newstead Qld 4006


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