Native vegetation clearing
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.
- Mapping for development assessment may help you determine some referrals that may be triggered by your proposal.
- The State Development and Assessment Provisions (SDAP) sets out matters of interest to the state under the Planning Act. The SDAP outlines how a development application will be assessed under the State Assessment and Referral Agency and provides the assessment criteria and codes, guidelines, policies and legislation specific to the assessment of your development
- Read more about the development assessment process.
- Find a list of requirements that may be relevant to your development.