How to obtain Environmental Clearance

1.  The concerned Sectors & Gewog/Dungkhag seeking Environment Clearance (EC) shall submit application addressing to Dasho Dzongdag ,Chairman of District Environment Committee (DEC) along with following required documents (Annexure list).

2.  Private applicants/individual shall route their application through concerned Gup/Dungkhag along with required documents (Annexure list). The concerned Gup/Dungkhag shall forward the application with complete set of required documents to Dasho Dzongda, Chairman of DEC after proper review & verification.

3.  The concerned applicant/proponent/promoter shall pay the application fee personally as per the applicable fee schedule to Dzongkhag Revenue Section/Dungkhag Revenue office.

4.  As per the applicable time frame given in EA Act 2000, Environment Officer (EO) shall review the application and check for required documents, seek additional documents/information and process for EC.

5.  EO shall coordinate site visit program in collaboration relevant stakeholders upon approval from Dasho Dzongda/Dzongrab.

6. Visiting team shall compile & submit the field verification report for endorsement/deliberations in DEC meeting.

7.  DEC members shall deliberate the report and either endorse or reject or provide further directives such as re-verification/joint field visit or additional documents required.

8.  EC   issued/rejected   decision   will   be   conveyed   to   applicant/promoter accordingly;

9.  EC shall be issued as per timeframe of EA Act 2000 and its regulation 2016.

However, Environment Sector shall strive to provide services within 21 working days after completion of required documents in line with Public Service Delivery Standard (G2C service) published by Royal Government of Bhutan.


2. How to renew Environmental Clearance (EC):

1. The concerned applicant/Promoter/Gewog/Dungkhag/Sectors shall submit an application for renewal before 3 months of its EC expiry date with the following required documents:

2. Details of the company/applicant/Promoter;

3. A copy of the Environmental Clearance;

4. State the reasons for seeking extension or renewal of the EC;

5. Mention for how long the extension is required;

6. Brief report on how the environmental terms and conditions were implemented;

7. Any other relevant documents such as receipts of fines paid etc;


3. What type of forms need to fill up (IEE forms/guidelines):


-Following IEE forms are uploaded in Samtse Dzongkhag web site and can be downloaded from web page. http://www.samtse.gov.bt/index.php/sector/environment . You can choose following form as per your activity.


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Types of forms/IEE forms


IEE form for road constructions(access road/farm road/highway)


IEE Form for Forestry Activities-Surface Collection..


IEE Form for Industries like workshop/crushers


IEE form for transmission lines


IEE form for tourism activities


IEE form for other General Activities (other than above activities such as

construction of Lhakhang/School/BHU etc.)