An Environmentally Relevant Activity (ERA) is an activity that is required to be approved by either Council or State Government due to its potential to damage or pollute the environment (air, land, water and noise). The state government Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (DEHP) and other state government agencies regulate higher risk activities whilst local councils regulate activities with only localised pollution potential.
The Environmental Protection Act 1994 (EP Act) places a general environmental duty on all persons to protect Queensland’s environment while allowing for ecologically sustainable development. It also requires Council to monitor the standard of operations in devolved ERAs.
Who needs an approval?
The applicant for a registration must be a legal entity (eg person(s) or Company).
Note – a business name or shop name is not a legal entity and cannot be the registration holder.
ERAs are defined and categorised under schedule 2 of the Environmental Protection Regulation 2008, dependent upon their potential risk to the environment.
A business that conducts any of the following activities requires a Registration Certificate from Council. Note: If you are unsure if your business requires a Development Approval and Registration, please contact Council.
- ERA 4 Poultry Farming (more than 1000 birds)
- ERA 6 Asphalt Manufacturing
- ERA 8 Chemical Storage (between 10m3 to 500m3)
- ERA 12 Plastic Product Manufacturing (50t or more of plastic products/yr; or 5t or more of foam, composite plastics or rigid fibre-reinforced plastics/yr)
- ERA 17 Abrasive Blasting
- ERA 18 Boiler making or engineering (200t to 10000t/yr)
- ERA 19 Metal Forming (10000t or more/yr)
- ERA 20 Metal Recovery (less than 100t/day; or more than 100t/day or 10000t/yr)
- ERA 21 Motor Vehicle Workshop Operation
- ERA 37 Printing (200t or more/yr)
- ERA 38 Surface Coating (1t or more/year)
- ERA 43 Concrete Batching (200t or more/yr)
- ERA 48 Wooden and Laminated Product Manufacturing (100t or more of wooden product/yr)
- ERA 49 Boat Maintenance or Repair
- ERA 61 Waste Incineration and Thermal Treatment
A full list of ERAs, including those that require approval by State Government, can be found in Schedule 2 of the Environmental Protection Regulation 2008.
Who does not need an approval?
If the activity related to your business is not included on the above list, you still have a responsibility to comply with the General Environmental Duty (Section 319), other relevant legislation, and other related applications to ensure that your business does not have an adverse impact on the environment.
A full list of all ERAs can be found in Schedule 2 of the Environmental Protection Regulation 2008.