Applying for a dangerous goods site licence

Dangerous goods site licence - application form - 319 Kb

This form or template is required to apply for a dangerous goods site licence.

When is this licence required?

Sites storing or handling dangerous goods may require licensing under the:

  • Dangerous Goods Safety (Storage and Handling of Non-explosives) Regulations 2007.

A dangerous goods storage licence is issued for five years.

Sites storing greater than the threshold quantities of certain dangerous goods may also require approval of a safety report under the Dangerous Goods Safety (Major Hazard Facilities) Regulations.

If ammonium nitrate is being stored or handled at a site, then licensing under the Dangerous Goods Safety (Security Risk Substances) Regulations 2007 may also apply.

For sites storing only combustible liquids (C1), the licensing threshold is 100,000 litres. However, where the C1 storage is associated with flammable liquids storage, the licensing threshold is lowered.

Licensing applies if storage is more than 10,000 litres if the C1 combustible liquid:

  • storage is in the same bunded compound as flammable liquids; or
  • is adjacent to a compartment of flammable liquids in a multiple compartment tank.

The Licensing and exemptions for storage and handling - guidance note will assist people wishing to store, handle or process dangerous goods in Western Australia to determine whether licensing applies and, if so, what information is required for the licensing process.

Licensing and exemptions for storage and handling - guidance note - 194 Kb

This guidance note will assist people wishing to store, handle or process dangerous goods in Western Australia to determine whether licensing applies and, if so, what information is required for the licensing process.

Overview of storage and handling regulations - information sheet - 341 Kb

This document is for guidance only and the definitive statutory requirements are contained in the Dangerous Goods Safety (Storage and Handling of Non-Explosives) Regulations 2007 (the Storage and Handling Regulations).

Use of an accredited consultant

To develop the submission, it is recommended that those intending to apply for a licence engage a dangerous goods consultant accredited to prepare and submit an application. The consultant will normally complete the application form on the applicant’s behalf, but the intended licensee must sign the application.

Applications submitted without accredited consultant endorsement may take up to three months to process and a checking fee applies. Deficient submissions will take longer to process.

Who can apply?

Licences can be granted to an individual, body corporate or partnership.

Required information

The completed application must be signed by the intended licensee and lodged with:

  • supporting documentation, which is the original or the original certified document (where a copy is requested this does not apply)
  • site plan and manifest
  • risk assessment
  • if applicable, FES emergency response guide (FES-ERG).

See What is required for dangerous goods storage and handling licences? for more information on  security clearances.

Failure to provide the required documentation will delay processing of applications. Most applications are dealt with within 20 business days.

Application fee

The licence fee for the first year of the licence is to be lodged with the application. Licence fees for subsequent years will be billed annually.

A checking fee;

  • does not apply if a consultant endorses the proposal as complying with the regulations
  • applies for applications without accredited consultant endorsement.

For information regarding application fees please see Schedule of fees and charges.

Checking fees are equal to the licence fee payable with the application. Amendments to storage where a pro-rata licence fee is paid the checking fee is equivalent to the pro-rata fee paid.

Lodging the application

The completed and signed application form must be accompanied by:

  • required information
  • the fee;
    • this can be paid by credit card (details on application form)
    • by cheque or money order made payable to the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety
    • cash payments can only be made when lodging in person.

This can be mailed to:

Resources Safety
The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety
Mineral House 100 Plain Street
East Perth WA 6004

Or lodged in person to Resources Safety at 1 Adelaide Terrace, East Perth WA 6004.

Related information

Notification of changes of details

The Chief Dangerous Goods Officer must be notified within 14 days of any material changes to the details on a licence or registration.

Reporting an incident

Dangerous goods site licence holders have a responsibility to report incidents and accidents arising from their activities.

Other guidance

Refer to information below.

Code of practice - Storage and handling of dangerous goods - 1287 Kb

The Storage and handling of dangerous goods - code of practice describes measures that can be used to reduce the risks associated with the storage and handling of dangerous goods, and achieve the performance-based safety outcomes of Resources Safety.

Risk assessment for dangerous goods - guidance note - 513 Kb

This guidance note will assist operators of dangerous goods sites in Western Australia to complete a risk assessment under the Dangerous Goods Safety (Storage and Handling of Non-Explosives) Regulations 2007 (the Storage and Handling Regulations).

Dangerous goods risk assessment - template - 52 Kb

This template records information about the intrinsic hazards of the dangerous goods arising from specific physical, chemical and toxicity properties.

Manifest and site plan requirements for dangerous goods sites - guidance note - 713 Kb

This guidance note outlines the requirements for the manifest and site plan. These documents must be current to allow an appropriate response by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) in the event of an emergency.

Dangerous goods manifest - template - 28 Kb

This template records the manifest of dangerous goods for transport and storage.

Applicable legislation

The definitive statutory requirements are contained in the Dangerous Goods Safety (Storage and Handling of Non-Explosives) Regulations 2007.  These regulations apply to the manufacture, processing, disposal, storage and use of dangerous goods.

The storage and handling regulations do not apply to explosives, infectious substances and radioactive substances.

Other regulations that may apply are listed below.

Contact

For any enquiries please contact Support Services, Email: rsdcustomerservices@dmirs.wa.gov.au.

For more information on risk assessment send a blank email to ra@dmirs.wa.gov.au.

For more information on FES-ERG send a blank email to feserg@dmirs.wa.gov.au and you will receive an automated reply with guidance information.