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Clearing permits

Framework for regulation of clearing of native vegetation

The Department of Environment Regulation is responsible for administering the clearing provisions of the Environmental Protection Act 1986  (EP Act).

Applications for clearing permits are assessed by the department and decisions are made to grant or refuse the application in accordance with the EP Act.

Native vegetation clearing - frequently asked questions 909 KB

Clearing native vegetation is an offence, unless done under a clearing permit, or the clearing is for an exempt purpose.

There are two kinds of exemptions. Exemptions for clearing that is a requirement of a written law or authorised under certain statutory processes are listed in Schedule 6 of the EP Act. Exemptions for prescribed low impact day-to-day activities are prescribed in the Environmental Protection (Clearing of Native Vegetation) Regulations 2004, but do not apply in environmentally sensitive areas declared by the Minister.

(see Diagram for framework for regulation of clearing under EP Act).

Clearing that is not exempt requires a clearing permit. Application forms are available at clearing permit application forms.

For further information on the clearing permit process please email the Department or telephone 9333 7469.

Incidents of unlawful native vegetation clearing

To report an incident of potential unlawful native vegetation clearing, please contact the Department of Environment Regulation’s 24 hour hotline on 1300 784 782.