Responding to applications
To comment on applications for environment protection licences, visit the EPA website. The EPA must consider your comments in deciding whether to grant a licence. This includes any public submissions made under the development assessment process. Certain polluting activities require a licence. The EPA is required to keep a public register of all environment protection licences. For more information about pollution, see our Fact Sheet on air, water and noise pollution.
To comment on applications to vary environment protection licences, visit the EPA website. You can also comment on existing licences at any time. Licences are required to be reviewed by the EPA or other responsible authority at least every five years. You can write to the EPA and request a statement of reasons explaining why the EPA granted or refused an environment protection licence application. This includes applications for transfers or variations. For more information about environment protection licences, see our Fact Sheet on air, water and noise pollution.
Notifications about opportunities to comment on proposals are often required to be published. The NSW Government is required to publish notices for some proposals in a locally circulating newspaper, and sometimes a newspaper that circulates throughout NSW (often The Land). You can keep an eye on the papers to make sure that you don’t miss an opportunity to comment. For more information about notification of proposals, see our Fact Sheet on DAs and consents.