Environmentally relevant activity

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 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. 

The following links provide more information on the environmentally relevant activity requirements: