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.
See When is a dangerous goods site also a major hazard facility? for more information.
If ammonium nitrate is being stored or handled at a site, then licensing under the Dangerous Goods Safety (Security Sensitive Ammonium Nitrate) Regulations 2007 may also apply.
For sites storing only combustible liquids, the licensing threshold is 100,000 litres. However, where the storage is associated with flammable liquids storage, the licensing threshold is lowered.
Licensing applies if storage is more than 10,000 litres if the 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.
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.
Refer to What is the role of accredited dangerous goods consultants? for a list of consultants.
Who can apply?
Licences can be granted to an individual, body corporate or partnership.
For more information on proof of identity go to How do I prove my identity?
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 approximately 20 business days.
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 application form, together with supporting documents can be sent to the department via:
Dangerous Goods Licensing Branch
Locked Bag 100
East Perth WA 6892
Monday-Friday, 8.30 am to 4.30 pm
Level 1, 303 Sevenoaks Street (entrance off Grose ave)
Cannington WA 6107
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.
Refer to information below.
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.
For any enquiries please contact Dangerous Goods Licensing:
Phone: (08) 6251 2300