Submitting A Development Application In Terms Of Relevant Legislation (EIA Process)


An Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is a process to evaluate the impact of human actions on the environment. It is a comprehensive process that gathers information on the social, economic and environmental consequences of proposed developments, by making use of systematic and consultative means. The information is then used to make an informed decision on the applications that will establish how to best maximise social-economic outcomes and to ensure ecological integrity.

The main purpose of the EIA is to promote sustainable development through effective management of social, environmental and economic impact, so that:

Valuable environmental resources are safeguarded by avoiding negative irreversible changes.
Human health and safety is protected, and
The social and economic dimensions of the proposed development are enhanced.

The major benefits of the EIA process is advice on improved project design that lowers costs of:

Impaired human health;
Loss of valuable natural resources;
Financial penalties for remediation and compensation as a result of damage to the environment and human health and safety.

Supporting Documents

EIA Guideline on Appeals

Notice of Intention to Appeal

Appeal Form

 NEMA Notice of Intention to Appeal Form

Ad Hoc Setback Checklist

Application - Exemption in terms of NEMA

  Application - Determination of Applicability

Section 24G NEMA Application Form

 Section 24G NEMA EIA Report

Application - Environmental Authorization Exemption

Application - Amendment of Environmental Authorizations

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