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The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation has published the Guideline: Industry Regulation Guide to Licensing (June 2019).

This guideline provides in-depth guidance for the environmental licensing framework that applies under Part V Division 3 of the Environmental Protection Act 1986 regarding the construction and operation of prescribed premises.

This includes, among other matters, crucial information around changes to how we manage the transition of a prescribed premises from a works approval to a licence.     

Frequently asked questions

The frequently asked questions document supports the guideline and clarifies information contained within it, with a particular focus on the new processes for transitioning from a works approval to a licence.


The guideline was published following an extensive public consultation process from May to July 2018, with a second round of consultation with key stakeholders in April 2019.

A consultation summary report has been prepared addressing the submissions received during the two consultation periods and the changes made to the guideline in response to those submissions.

Staged implementation

This guideline will be implemented through a staged approach to allow applicants, instrument holders, consultants and the general public to familiarise themselves with the new licensing processes.

The implementation transition period will be as follows:

  • From 1 July 2019 to 1 October 2019 the department encourages applicants to make new applications for works approvals and licences in line with the new guideline. During this time, unless explicitly indicated otherwise, applications will be processed in accordance with the guideline.
  • After 1 October 2019 we expect that all applications will be made in line with the processes in the guideline, with the exception of renewal applications.
  • After 1 January 2020 renewal applications must also be made in accordance with the guideline.

We may, by exception, allow an application to be considered under the pre-guideline processes after 1 October 2019. Applicants should indicate if they wish to have their application considered as such, and outline the reason for seeking the exemption. We will consider such requests on a case-by-case basis.

Existing instrument holders may seek to align their instrument(s) with the new guideline through submitting an amendment application to the department.

Changes to other published documents

To ensure consistency across the department’s published materials, a number of previously published documents on our website have been altered to align with the guideline.

The following documents have been revised:

The following documents have been rescinded:

  • Guidance Statement: Land-use planning; and
  • Fact Sheet: Amendments to works approvals and licences.

Information sessions

We will run information and training sessions for key interested stakeholders. These sessions will be focused on informing participants of the changes to the licensing process.

Two 90-minute sessions are planned for:

  • 1.30 pm Monday 19 August 2019
  • 10.30 am Tuesday 20 August 2019

Both sessions will be held at Prime House, 8 Davidson Terrace, Joondalup.

If you would like to attend one of these sessions, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register. You are required to register so we can ensure there will be a place for you.

Additional sessions may be considered, depending on the level of interest.

Contact information

For further information or assistance with this guideline, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone (08) 6364 7000 and ask for the Industry Regulation division.