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 The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) is relaunching the Industry Regulation Guide to Licensing (Guide to Licensing).

This document provides guidance on the department’s licensing framework for applicants proposing to construct or undertake activities which are regulated by DWER under Part V, Division 3 of the Environmental Protection Act 1986 (EP Act).

It provides information for applicants on the process of preparing, submitting, assessing, and determining applications for works approvals, licences (including amendments and transfers), and registrations of prescribed premises.

The Guide to Licensing also outlines how the department applies the relevant provisions of the EP Act to the above processes.

In particular the department would like to draw stakeholder’s attention to the following:

  1. The department has revised the way in which we assess Works Approvals and Licence applications; the department no longer concurrently assesses Works Approvals and Licence Applications. This position is already being applied.
  2. The department has provided further clarity of the scope of work that can be undertaken under Licence amendment and Works Approval to ensure greater consistency with the relevant provisions of the EP Act. This position will be applied once the Guide to Licensing is finalised post consultation.

The department is seeking industry feedback on the remainder of the Guide to Licensing.


Document for comment

The draft Guide to Licensing can be downloaded by clicking on the link below:

Industry Regulation Guide to Licensing (draft)

Documents for information

Post Consultation on the Guide to Licensing all relevant guidance material currently published on the department’s website will be updated including but not limited to:

  • Guidance Statement: Decision Making;
  • Guidance Statement: Land Use Planning;
  • Fact Sheet: Amendments to works approvals and licences; and
  • Fact Sheet: Calculation of fee refund – withdrawn applications.

Note: the hyperlinks contained within the Guide to Licensing link to the existing versions of the above documents.

Consultation duration

 Wednesday 2 May 2018 to Friday 20 July 2018 (12 weeks).

 All submissions must be received by 5pm (WST) on Friday 20 July 2018.

Stakeholder workshop

 Two stakeholder briefing workshops will be held in Perth on Wednesday 6th of June and Thursday 7th June, between 1pm at 2pm. The workshops will provide an overview of the Guideline and provide an opportunity for stakeholders to provide feedback on the draft Guide to Licensing.

To register your interest in attending one of these workshops please email your name, contact details, and which workshop you wish to attend to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Further details regarding the workshop will be provided to all registered parties.

Depending on the level of interest, the Department may provide regional workshops in one or more of the following regional centers: Bunbury; Albany; Kalgoorlie; Geraldton; and Kununurra. If you would like to attend a regional briefing, please register your interest to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


How to lodge your submission

Please send your comments on the Guide to Licensing to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

While email submissions are preferred, hard copies may be mailed to:

Guide to Licensing SUBMISSION

Department of Water and Environmental Regulation
Locked Bag 10
Joondalup DC

About making a submission

By making a submission, you are consenting to the submission being treated as a public document and being published on the department’s website. Your name will be included but your contact address will be withheld for privacy.

If you do not consent to your submission being treated as a public document, you should mark it as confidential, specifically identify those parts which you feel need to be kept private, and include an explanation. The department may request that a non-confidential summary of the material is also given. It is important to note that even if your submission is treated as confidential by the department, it may still be disclosed under the Freedom of Information Act 1992 or any other applicable written law.

The department reserves the right before publishing a submission to delete any content that could be regarded as racially vilifying, derogatory or defamatory to an individual or an organisation.

Please take careful note of the deadline for comment, as no late submissions will be accepted.