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Guidance Documents

The following guidance documents are available for proponents of projects requiring assessment under the Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act 1994 and for those wishing to make a submission to the EPA Board/Council during the assessment process.

Guidance on Community Engagement March 2013

The intent of these guidelines is to outline opportunities for a project proponent to undertake this aspect of the project in a strategic manner. This can assist in achieving an overall positive outcome for the project, or identify at a sufficiently early stage major risks that threaten the project and require careful consideration.

Further to this, an explicit objective of the Resource Management and Planning System, under which the EPA Board operates, is "to encourage public involvement in resource management and planning". This guidance to the proponent supports furthering this EPA objective.

Guide to Environmental Impact Assessment ( EIA )

This guide provides general information to project proponents and the community on the environmental impact assessment process under the Tasmanian Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act 1994.

Guide for Preparing a Notice of Intent (NOI)

The statutory assessment process commences with the submission of a Notice of Intent by the proponent. The guide outlines the information that must be contained in a Notice of Intent.

Guide for Preparing a Notice of Intent (NOI), PDF

Environmental Effects Report Guidelines

For smaller proposals that have relatively minor environmental impacts and are unlikely to generate significant public interest (ie Class 2A assessments) the Board will issue Guidelines for the Preparation of an Environmental Effects Report (EER) to the project proponent. Generic EER Guidelines can be downloaded, however it should be noted that the Board may insert additional site-specific requirements into the guidelines before issuing them in relation to a particular proposal.

Environmental Effects Report Guidelines

DPEMP General Guidelines

The Board of the Environment Protection Authority undertakes the environmental assessment of proposed level 2 activities under the Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act 1994. The Board typically requires the proponent to submit a satisfactory Development Proposal and Environmental Management Plan (DPEMP) in relation to each proposal.

DPEMP General Guidelines have been prepared to provide general information to proponents on the preparation of a DPEMP for level 2 activities. Requirements for specific projects will be determined by the Board of the Environment Protection Authority and the relevant planning authority.

DPEMP General Guidelines

How the EPA Board makes decisions about Development Proposals.

Guidelines for Proponents and Members of the Public, PDF

Guidelines for Proponents and Members of the Public, Word Doc 

Guidance for Land Use Planners

This document provides guidance to land use planners on the environmental impact assessment process conducted by the Environment Protection Authority Board (the EPA Board). It describes the assessment process and responsibilities of the EPA Board and Planning Authorities under the Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act 1994 (EMPCA) and the relationship with the planning process as detailed in the Land Use Planning and Approvals Act 1993 (LUPAA). 

This is the third edition and incorporates the December 2017 amendments to EMPCA​, the original was published in 2015.

Guidance for Land Use Planners on EIA conducted by the EPA Board

Wind Energy Guidelines

DPEMP Project Specific Guidelines will be prepared by the EPA Board for use in conjunction with the General Guidelines. For an indication of the methodologies that are likely to be specified in the Project Specific Guidelines, please refer to the Environment Protection and Heritage Council (EPHC) Draft National Wind Farm Development Guidelines.

These provide guidance on best-practice methods for assessing impacts that are unique or potentially significant to wind farm developments. The EPHC intends to finalise the guidelines in 2011 following further consultation with stakeholders.

Submissions Guide for Government Agencies

Comment from relevant government agencies is sought during the public comment period. Where appropriate other agency comment may also be sought in relation to a draft DPEMP or a DPEMP supplement. It is recommended that other agencies use the template for comments shown below when making submissions.

Proforma for Comments

Notes for Reviewers

Assessments Section
GPO Box 1751
Hobart TAS 7001
Phone: 03 6165 4599 Fax: 03 6173 0254