Responding to applications

Comments from the community are also invited on things like development applications and environment protection licences, which are often required for mining and CSG projects.

  • To comment on current coal and petroleum exploration licence applications, visit the NSW Department of Industry's Resources and Energy website. While there is no legal right for the public to comment on whether an exploration licence is granted, it is NSW Government policy to allow the public to comment on exploration licence applications for coal and CSG.
  • To comment on applications for environment protection licences, visit the EPA website. Most mining and CSG projects will require an environment protection licence. The EPA must consider public submissions in assessing a licence application. This includes any public submissions made under the development assessment process. For more information about environment protection licences, 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 an environment protection licence application was granted. This includes applications for transfers or variations. Remember that for mining and CSG major project developments licences must be granted consistently with a development approval. 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 for mining and CSG activities, see our Fact Sheets on mining and CSG. For more information about notification of major project developments, see our Fact Sheet on State significant development and infrastructure.