Following the first stage of an extensive review process, the Environment Protection (Scheduled Premises) Regulations 2017 were made on 14 June 2017. They take effect from 25 June 2017 and replace the Environment Protection (Scheduled Premises and Exemptions) Regulations 2007.

These regulations define which types of premises in Victoria are ‘scheduled premises’. Occupiers of these sites are required to obtain an Environment Protection Authority (EPA) works approval and/or licence, and/or provide a financial assurance.

These regulations are being reviewed in two stages. This first stage has involved relatively minor clarifications, amendments and improvements. As noted in the Andrew's Labor Government’s response earlier this year to the Independent Inquiry into the Environment Protection Authority, a subsequent review will take place to give effect to relevant recommendations out of the inquiry.

EPA is communicating with industries to ensure they understand and comply with these new regulations. Guidance material about the changes, including a list of the key changes compared to the 2007 Regulations, is available on EPA’s Scheduled Premises Regulations review page.