An Environment Approval is a permission required for the construction of a standard residential dwelling or non-construction purposes such as land clearance.
An Environment Consent is a permission granted to an applicant undertaking an activity that has some but not significant environment impact. A technical report must be provided.
An Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) is a management tool used to identify the environmental, social and economic impacts of a project prior to decision making.
Other permits issued by NES relates
to the transboundary movement of waste, ozone depletion substances and wildlife.
The National Environment Service issues three main types of applications & permits for the purpose of environmental compliance:
- Environment Approval – provided for an activity that only has minimal environment impact
- Environment Consent – provided for an activity that has some but not significant environment impact. A technical report must be provided
- Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) Permit – provided for an activity that is likely to cause significant environment impact. An EIA report must be provided with mandatory public consultation.
A Tier system has been developed to identify the different types of activities, free structure and definitions.
Furthermore, there are Other Permits issued by NES:
- Permit for transboundary movement of hazardous waste
- Licence to import biodegradable plastic bags
- Montreal Protocol Permit to import Bulk Hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) goods
- CITES Permit for international trade of wild animals and plants