Applications for new environmental authorisations (licences, works approvals and exemptions) received by the EPA from May 2012 are now available for feedback.
Search this index to help you find out about new applications that relate to your suburb or town and provide you with an opportunity to provide online comments.
Once all comments are received, the EPA provides these to the applicant – with personal details removed – and requires that the applicant responds to the EPA about any issues raised. The EPA then considers both the submissions and the response in any decisions about granting an environmental authorisation.
You can also look up for current environmental authorisations (licences).
Frequently asked questions
When is an application for a new environmental authorisation required?
Individuals or businesses who wish to undertake an activity of environmental significance will need to apply for an environmental authorisation in the form of a licence, works approval and/or exemption.
What is involved in the application process?
The following stages are required for an individual or business to apply for an environmental authorisation (licence, works approval, exemption):
- Development approval: If development consent is required, the EPA cannot issue a licence until consent is obtained. It is in the applicant's interest to determine what is required under the relevant planning provisions before making an application for a licence.
- Application for authorisation: An application form is required to be completed by the applicant and submitted to the EPA.
- Public is notified: The EPA may notify the public of the request for a licence, exemption or works approval and seek comment. The applicant will also have the chance to respond to public comments.
- Authorisation conditions established: The EPA will determine the appropriate conditions of licence, exemption or works approval in consultation with the applicant.
- Authorisation is granted: The EPA will grant approval for the licence and send an invoice for the licence fee.
How can I comment on an authorisation application?
Only current applications are open for public comment. You can view details relating to each application and submit a comment by clicking on the online comment box. Once you have submitted your comment a copy of your submission will be sent to your email address for your record.
The EPA will only contact you again if we require additional information.
All comments received provided to the applicant-with personal details omitted. The applicant is required to respond on the issues raised. The EPA then considers both the submissions and the responses before granting an environmental authorisation.
How long do I have to make a comment online?
Applications will be open for public comments for 2 weeks. The last day to make comments will be displayed next to each application. Comments related to the application can be submitted until close of business on the last day. This date will be different for each application.
Can I include a document or map with my online comment?
If you have an attachment that you would like to include with your online comment you can email to or post it to Licensing and Regulatory Services EPA, GPO Box 2607, Adelaide SA 5001 and include your name and the application number that the attachment(s) relates to. The attachment(s) will be included with your online comments and provided to the applicant.
How long does it take for an authorisation to be issued once comments have closed?
The time it takes for an authorisation to be issued varies and depends on the applicant's activities, and the number and complexity of issues raised through public consultation. Generally the timeframe varies between around 1 and 2 weeks for a standard authorisation.
Where can I find out more about the authorisation application process?
Information about the life cycle of a licence can be found in the licensing section of the website.
Where can I find out more about the EPA's commitment to stakeholder engagement?
A stakeholder engagement statement has been developed to provide clear information on how, when and in what circumstances you can participate in the EPA's activities.
About the new authorisations on the Public Register
What is the purpose of making an index of new applications for authorisations available online?
The EPA is progressively making the environmental information it holds more accessible to the public.
This makes it easier to find out what information is held by the EPA and facilitates more timely access to that information. It also allows interested members of the community to have direct input into the development of licence conditions.
Why can't I find a business/company on the index?
The index only contains applications that have been received from May 2012. These applications are either currently open for public comment or have recently closed.
Applications that are open for comment will automatically appear on the index page. Applications that have closed for comment are archived and are searchable by location or application number.
If an authorisation has already been issued you can search for a copy on the current authorisation index.
The application index does not include applications for the renewal of an existing environmental authorisation and new Category B waste transporters.
How do I find out if an authorisation (licence, works approval, exemption) has been issued?
Once an authorisation is issued the status for each application listed on the index will be changed to 'issued' and the application number becomes the authorisation number. You can use the authorisation number to search for a copy of the issued authorisation on the current authorisation index.
Can I gain access to a copy of the issued authorisation?
Yes, copies of issued authorisations (licences, works approvals and exemptions) are available online. This index is updated quarterly so if you are unable find an authorisation online, you can request a copy through the public register by contacting 8204 2004 or 1800 623 445 (non-metropolitan callers) during business hours or by email. Please quote the authorisation number when making your request.
If I have questions about an authorisation application can I call someone at the EPA?
Yes, for more information about a new authorisation application, contact 8204 2004 or 1800 623 445 during business hours, or email.
How regularly will the new application index on the website be updated?
The index will be updated regularly as new applications are received by the EPA.