Applications relating to protection of the environment
VCAT hears applications about works approvals, licenses, pollution abatement notices, permits and other notices issued under the Environment Protection Act 1970.
These applications come under Part IV of the Act, including sections 33, 33A, 33B, 34, 35 and 36A.
How to apply
Apply under section 33 or 33A
You can apply for a review of a decision made by the Environment Protection Authority about your application for a works approval or licence. You can also apply for a review if the Environment Protection Authority did not make a decision about your works approval or licence.
Apply under section 33B
If you are not the applicant for a works approval or the licence holder but are affected by the Environment Protection Authority's decision to grant a works approval or licence, you can apply for a review. Use our general planning and environment application form.
If you are the licence holder or works approval applicant whose application is subject to a section 33B applicant and you want to transfer the application to the Major Cases List, use our application to transfer a proceeding under the Environment Protection Act.
For all other matters
To apply for a review about pollution abatement notices, permits or any other notices, use our general planning and environment application form.
Time limits apply. Read more about time limits for lodging applications in the Planning and Environment List.
Extension of time to apply
Usually, you must apply within 21 days of a decision being made about your works approval, licence, pollution abatement notice, permit or any other notice.
VCAT can extend the time to apply. We can extend the time by which you must make an application to VCAT – if it is reasonable to do so and if extending time would not cause any prejudice or detriment to a party or potential party that cannot be remedied by an appropriate order for costs or damages.
To request more time to lodge and application, submit an application for an extension of time form.
Do I need a lawyer or professional representative?
You may have a legal or other professional representation to appear at VCAT (such as a lawyer, town planner, relative, or some other person). In Planning and Environment cases you do not need to have VCAT's permission to be represented.
Find free or low-cost legal services that may be able to assist you.
Need help with your application?
We can explain the application process and what the form is asking you for. Contact us to get support.
We cannot give you legal advice. This means we cannot tell you what to write in your application or recommend how to get the outcome you want.
Seek legal help if you are unsure about your options or need advice about your claim. The following services may be able to help you:
Access and privacy
VCAT hearings and files are usually public.
VCAT has limited authority to restrict who can access cases and files but, in certain circumstances, you can apply for confidentiality.