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City of Gold Coast is responsible for regulating the marinas, boat builders and repair businesses within the Gold Coast, with some businesses requiring a licence. This includes assessing the environmental performance of each business.

To help business operators improve compliance with environmental protection laws, the City has developed an Environmental Management Program (EMP) guide (also known as a Transitional Environmental Program, or TEP).

A TEP is an action plan for improvement and is designed to give operators the tools to improve environmental compliance through the implementation of environmental controls and improved procedures.

Licence conditions aim at reducing environmental harm from sources such as:

  • on water boat maintenance
  • oil, fuel or chemical spills
  • sewage from boats discharging into waterways
  • disposal of hazardous materials or wastes
  • unsafe practice using toxic substances or cleaners
  • untreated stormwater entering waterways.

Activities like boat cleaning, repairing and painting present an elevated risk to our waterways without appropriate environmental controls in place.

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Becoming environmentally responsible can benefit your business by:

  • improved environmental conditions and water quality
  • protect the future of the Gold Coast’s marine industry
  • enhance your image and increase customers
  • minimise fines and prosecution.

City officers may contact business operators as part of our ongoing program to assess levels of compliance. Get on top of your obligations first, make a difference and prepare a Transitional Environmental Program. To obtain a preparation kit phone 07 5581 6140 or email

Further information

Environmental Health and City Law Services
Phone: 07 5667 5988

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