Native vegetation clearing

Clearing native vegetation is operational work, as specified in the Planning Act 2016.

This information applies if you want to clear native vegetation to, e.g.:

  • grow irrigated pasture/fodder
  • grow sugarcane or other broad-acre crops
  • build a road or fence
  • build a house or workers accommodation
  • control weeds
  • clear regrowth.

Clearing native vegetation must be ‘clearing for a relevant purpose’ under the Vegetation Management Act 1999. You may need to obtain a section 22A VMA relevant purpose determination from the Department of Natural Resources Mines and Energy (DNRME), otherwise the proposed works may be considered prohibited development under the Planning Act 2016.

Where to start

We strongly encourage you to contact the vegetation management unit at DNRME for information on clearing applications.

You can find information on clearing native vegetation, including obtaining approval to clear native vegetation.

You can also find out more about the development assessment process or contact your State Assessment and Referral Agency (SARA) through their regional offices.

Further information