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The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) administers the clearing provisions of the Environmental Protection Act 1986 (EP Act). Applications for clearing permits are assessed and decisions are made to grant or refuse the application in accordance with this Act.

 Clearing permit applications for public comment and Clearing permits available for public appeal are accessible on our website.

General information on the Department’s regulatory role and the timeframes for assessments and determinations is outlined in the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation - Regulatory Services Factsheet.

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

There are two types of exemptions:

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

Application forms and information






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Clearing Permit System (and Map Viewer)

For further information, please view our FAQs or contact us via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 6364 7098.

To report an incident of potential unlawful native vegetation clearing, please contact DWER’s 24-hour hotline on 1300 784 782.