The COVID-19 pandemic is presenting challenges for business and the broader community.

At this time, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Northern Territory Environment Protection Authority remain committed to delivering their regulatory functions.

We are working to minimise regulatory impacts on business by prioritising our assessment and processing of licence and approval applications under the Waste Management and Pollution Control Act and the Water Act.

The following applications will be prioritised:

  • new licences or approvals,
  • renewal of licences or approvals
  • amendments to licences or approvals that have a direct impact on business operations.

All other applications will be processed based on date of receipt once the highest priority applications have been processed.  

Recognising that the COVID-19 situation is continually evolving, all available Authorisation officers have been assigned to process high priority applications as quickly as possible.

To assist us in expediting your application, please review your application and ensure all supporting documents and required information is provided. If the required documents or information have not been received, there may be delays in your application process.  


Please also contact us immediately if your business activities have changed as a result of COVID-19, and where these changes will impact on your current application.  


If you have any queries regarding this notice please contact the Environmental Authorisations team by email