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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.


Guide to Environmental Impact Assessment ( EIA )

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

  Guide to Environmental Impact Assessment ( EIA )   (1Mb)


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).

  Guidance for Land Use Planners on EIA conducted by the EPA Board   (527Kb)​​


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   (380Kb)


The Board of the Environment Protection Authority undertakes environmental assessment of proposed level 2 activities under the Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act 1994. To complete the assessment, the Board requires a case for assessment report to be submitted.

Environmental Effects Report Guidelines

For smaller, low environmental risk proposals the Board will issue guidelines to the project proponent to prepare and submit an Environmental Effects Report (EER). Generic EER Guidelines can be downloaded below, however the Board may insert additional site-specific requirements into the guidelines before issuing them for a particular proposal.

The New EER Guidelines below apply to assessments for which Guidelines have been issued by the Board on or after 1 April 2019.

  Environmental Effects Report Guidelines   (658Kb)

The Board is currently considering the option of allowing existing guidelines to be reviewed where the assessment process is still in its early stages. Proponents will be notified directly about this. In the interim, and if no review applies, the case for assessment must be prepared in accordance with the previously issued Project Specific guidelines and any corresponding General Guidelines, which remain available on this page.

When addressing the Guidelines a risk based approach should be used. While each section of the Guidelines must still be addressed, the level of relevance and risk associated with that issue for the proposal in question should determine the extent of the information provided.

  Environmental Effects Report Guidelines - issued before 1 April 2019   (466Kb)

​These Guidelines apply to any assessments for which Guidelines were issued by the Board before 1 April 2019 and where no review applies.


Environmental Impact Statement Guidelines

For larger, high environmental risk proposals, the Board will issue guidelines to the project proponent to prepare and submit an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). EIS General Guidelines have been prepared to provide general information to proponents who are preparing an EIS. The Board will also issue Project Specific Guidelines to proponents. Both the General and Project Specific Guidelines must be addressed to the satisfaction of the Board.

  Guidelines for Preparing an Environmental Impact Statement   (1Mb)

​Environmental Impact Statement Guidelines apply to assessments for which Guidelines have been issued by the Board on or after 1 April 2019.

The Board is currently considering the option of allowing existing guidelines to be reviewed where the assessment process is still in its early stages. Proponents will be notified directly about this. In the interim, and if no review applies, the case for assessment must be prepared in accordance with the previously issued Project Specific guidelines and any corresponding General Guidelines, which remain available on this page.

When addressing the Guidelines a risk based approach should be used. While each section of the Guidelines must still be addressed, the level of relevance and risk associated with that issue for the proposal in question should determine the extent of the information provided.


DPEMP General Guidelines

These Guidelines apply to any assessments for which Guidelines were issued by the Board before 1 April 2019 and for which no review applies.

The DPEMP General Guidelines provide general information to proponents on preparing a DPEMP. Project Specific Guidelines issued by the Board to the proponent detail the requirements specific to that particular proposal. Both the General and Project Specific Guidelines must be addressed to the satisfaction of the Board.

  DPEMP General Guidelines   (465Kb)

Further information on the Board's environmental assessment process is available in the Guide to Environmental Impact Assessment available above.


Guidance on Community Engagement

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.

  Guidance on Community Engagement   (102Kb)


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   (62Kb)

  Notes for Reviewers   (196Kb)



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