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 2008 (EP Regs) that anyone who conducts an ERA must possess an environmental authority.
Changes to EP Act and EP Regulations
The Queensland Government on 31 March 2013 changed the provisions of the EP Act and Regulations. Some of the major changes and impacts are listed below.
A number of environmentally relevant activities (ERAs) have been deleted under the Regulations.
Businesses previously holding a registration certificate with Council to operate an ERA that has been deleted will no longer require the registration certificate to operate and will be made exempt from the licensing requirements. Click HERE to see the full list of the deleted ERAs.
Any environmental conditions that have been prescribed under a development condition that formed part of a Council approval to conduct an ERA, will remain in force even though the ERA category has been deleted under the Regulations.
If Council assesses an activity that is no longer required to have an approval under the EP Act, it will be legally bound to comply with these development conditions.
For further information about the changes to the legislation, you can access the Department of Environment & Heritage Protection web page on the Greentape Reduction Program.
Local Government Devolved ERAs
The following ERAs are devolved to Local Government as listed in schedule 1 of the Environmental Protection Regulation 2008:
- ERA # 12 Plastic Product Manufacturing;
- ERA # 19 Metal Forming (greater than 1000 tonnes per year but excluding cold processing);
- ERA # 20 Metal Recovery;
- ERA # 38 Surface coating (for anodising, electroplating, enamelling or galvanising using 1 – 100 tonnes of materials per year);
- ERA # 49 Boat maintaining and repairing (within 50 metres of a bed of naturally occurring surface waters); and
- ERA # 61 Waste incineration and thermal treatment.
Please note that the above-mentioned activities are not devolved to local government if any of the following apply:
- The activity includes a non-devolved ERA at the same place;
- The activity is carried out by local or state government; or
- The activity is mobile and temporary ERA that is carried out in more than one local government area.
If you are operating ERAs that are devolved to Local Government you will need to hold a Development Approval and Registration Certificate with Council.
If your ERA is not devolved to Council, contact the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (DEHP).
For more information please contact Councils Environmental Health and Regulatory Services Unit on (07) 4099 9444.