Native vegetation permitted clearing regulations
The Victorian Government is currently reviewing the State's native vegetation clearing regulations to ensure they sensibly protect sensitive native vegetation. For more information on the review please visit the new Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) website.
In Victoria, a permit is required to remove, destroy or lop native vegetation. These regulations are known as the native vegetation permitted clearing regulations.
The removal of native vegetation is primarily regulated by the Victoria Planning Provisions. In certain circumstances, alternate assessment and/or approvals processes are used to regulate the removal of native vegetation. This includes processes established by the Environment Effects Act 1978 and the Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) Act 1990.
The Permitted clearing of native vegetation – Biodiversity assessment guidelines (the Guidelines) outline how impacts on Victoria's biodiversity are assessed when an application to remove native vegetation is lodged. The Guidelines are an incorporated document in all Victorian planning schemes.
The Guidelines are applied alongside other requirements of the planning scheme when an application for a permit to remove native vegetation is considered by the responsible authority.
A permit to remove native vegetation does not replace any requirements under the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988 and the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.
Reforms to Victoria's native vegetation permitted clearing regulations
On 20 December 2013 a planning scheme amendment was gazetted to implement a package of reforms to Victoria's native vegetation permitted clearing regulations. Further detail regarding the amendment can be found at Planning Scheme Amendments Online.