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Environmentally Relevant Activities

An Environmentally Relevant Activity (ERA) is an activity that is required to be approved by either the City of Gold Coast or State Government due to its potential to damage or pollute the environment (air, land, water and noise).

The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP) and other state government agencies regulate higher risk activities whilst local councils regulate activities with only localised pollution potential.

Applying to operate a new ERA

Select from the drop-down headings below for more information.

Is approval to operate an ERA required?

An environmental authority from City of Gold Coast is required for businesses that conduct any of the following activities:

  • ERA 6 Asphalt manufacturing
  • ERA 12 Plastic product manufacturing (50 tonnes or more of plastic products per year, or five (5) tonnes or more of foam, composite plastics or rigid fibre-reinforced plastics per year
  • ERA 19 Metal forming
  • ERA 20 Metal recovery (less than 100 tonnes per day, or more than 100 tonnes per day or 10,000 tonnes per year)
  • ERA 38 Surface coating (anodising, electroplating, enamelling or galvanising using one (1) tonne to 100 tonnes of surface coating materials in a year
  • ERA 49 Boat maintenance or repair
  • ERA 61 Waste incineration and thermal treatment.

A full list of ERAs, including those regulated by the Queensland government, can be found in Schedule 2 of the Environmental Protection Regulation 2008.

How to apply

Before submitting your application, you should ensure you have the appropriate material change of use development approval to prevent your application being delayed.

For an environmental authority to be issued you must be a registered suitable operator. See the Department of EHP’s website for information on how to check if you are listed as a suitable operator, find your registration number or apply for registration.

Complete an Environmentally Relevant Activity application form.

The following documentation may be required to be submitted with an application to operate an ERA:

  • supporting environmental reports (if applicable)
  • (see application form for details).

To avoid delays in your application, please ensure any supporting information is submitted with the completed application form.

Find a link to the Environmentally Relevant Activity application forms below.

Taking over an existing activity

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Researching the business

Prior to taking over an existing business you may wish to apply for a Health licence search to confirm there is a current environmental authority and to ensure the existing operator is complying with approval conditions.

If the nature or scale of the business is changing, you may need material change of use development approval before applying for an environmental authority. We will contact you if additional information is required to process your application.

Find a link to the Environmentally Relevant Activity application forms and Search Request form below.

Making alterations to environmental authority details

For minor changes to your licence, such as change of contact details please complete an Environmentally Relevant Activity amendment application form.

For more complex changes, such as operational amendments, additional information will need to be submitted with a completed Environmentally Relevant Activity amendment application form.

Find a link to the Environmentally Relevant Activity amendment application form below.

Is a licence required?

An environmental authority from City of Gold Coast is required for businesses that conduct any of the following activities:

  • ERA 6 Asphalt manufacturing
  • ERA 12 Plastic product manufacturing (50 tonnes or more of plastic products per year, or five (5) tonnes or more of foam, composite plastics or rigid fibre-reinforced plastics per year
  • ERA 19 Metal forming
  • ERA 20 Metal recovery (less than 100 tonnes per day, or more than 100 tonnes per day or 10,000 tonnes per year)
  • ERA 38 Surface coating (anodising, electroplating, enamelling or galvanising using one (1) tonne to 100 tonnes of surface coating materials in a year
  • ERA 49 Boat maintenance or repair
  • ERA 61 Waste incineration and thermal treatment.

A full list of ERAs, including those regulated by the Queensland government, can be found in Schedule 2 of the Environmental Protection Regulation 2008.

Information for existing businesses

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Amendments to an environmental authority

For minor changes to your licence, such as change of contact details please complete an Environmentally Relevant Activity amendment application form.

For more complex changes, such as operational amendments, additional information will need to be submitted with a completed Environmentally Relevant Activity amendment application form.

Find a link to the Environmentally Relevant Activity amendment application form below.

ERA approval renewal

ERA approvals are renewed annually and are valid until 31 August each year.

  • If there are no change of details to your existing licence, visit our Payments page to find out how to renew your licence online, by phone or by post.
  • If details on your existing licence require amendment, contact us on 07 5667 5987 or visit a customer service centre.

Lost or damaged licence – how to request a request a replacement

Find a link to the Environmentally Relevant Activity – replacement approval documentation application form below.

Fees apply for the above request and are detailed on the application form. Payment can be made by:

  • cash, cheque or credit card at any of our customer service centres
  • cheques or money orders made payable to City of Gold Coast can be mailed, along with the completed application form, to City of Gold Coast, PO Box 5042 GCMC QLD 9729.

How to comply

It is the responsibility of you and your staff to ensure compliance with all requirements of the relevant legislation.

Find out more about compliance requirements for ERAs.

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