Temporary emissions licence

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A temporary emissions licence (TEL) is a permit that temporarily allows the release of a contaminant into the environment in response to an event, either natural or caused by sabotage, that was not foreseen (or did not have conditions applied because there was a low probability of it occurring) when particular conditions were imposed on an environmental authority or transitional environmental program (an applicable event).

A TEL is a flexible tool that can be used to appropriately manage the environmental impacts of contaminant releases to the environment as a result of applicable events. Such an event could be considered to be a flood or bushfire that was not reasonably foreseen at the time of the original application.

Learn more from the temporary emissions licence guideline (ESR/2015/1724) (PDF, 172KB).

When you lodge your Application for a temporary emissions licence (ESR/2015/1727) (DOC, 173KB), with the Department of Environment and Science (DES), you will need to pay the application fee of $2,832.

Submitting your TEL application

  • During business hours email the application to palm@des.qld.gov.au.
    Note: This email address is only monitored during business hours. If you submit your application to this email address outside of business hours (without first consulting with DES), it will be taken that your application is received at the start of the next business day.
  • Outside business hours call 1300 130 372 and select option 2.


  • During business hours:
    • if you have contact details of your local DES office, contact that office
    • or
    • call 1300 130 372 and select option 4. The Permits and Licensing team will transfer your call to the relevant DES office.
  • Outside business hours call 1300 130 372 and select option 2.

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