Native Vegetation Removal Regulations
Native vegetation removal regulations have recently been reviewed and changes have been made.
Details are provided on the Review of the native vegetation clearing regulations 2015-2017 page.
Native vegetation removal is a complex issue. It provides habitat for plants and animals. It delivers a range of ecosystem services that make land more productive and contribute to human well-being.
A permit is usually required to remove, destroy or lop native vegetation, in Vic. These regulations are known as the native vegetation removal regulations. Primarily they are implemented through local council planning schemes.
Guidelines for the removal, destruction or lopping of native vegetation (the Guidelines) outline how native vegetation removal is assessed and offset. The Guidelines are an incorporated document in all Victorian planning schemes.
If you need assistance in relation to the removal of the vegetation, please contact nativevegetation.support @delwp.vic.gov.au
Exemptions from requiring a permit
Under certain circumstances, a permit is not required for the removal of native vegetation.
You will find a planning permit is required to remove, destroy or lop native vegetation unless:
- the removal is not regulated by the planning scheme
- the planning scheme provides for the removal of native vegetation without a permit
On the other hand a permit may not be required when:
- the removal of native vegetation is the result of the continuation of a lawful existing use for the purposes of Section 6(3) of the Planning and Environment Act 1987
- there is an exemption to the requirement for a permit for the purposes of Clause 52.16 or 52.17 of the planning schemes
- the native vegetation is listed in a schedule to Clause 52.17 within the relevant planning scheme.
In the following document, we provide guidance about the interpretation and application of the exemptions from requiring a planning permit to remove, destroy or lop native vegetation in Clauses 52.16 and 52.17 of planning schemes. All made available through DELWP