Assessing an application for a permit to remove native vegetation
The biodiversity considerations of all applications are assessed in accordance with the Permitted clearing of native vegetation – Biodiversity assessment guidelines.
Some applications to remove, destroy or lop native vegetation are required to be referred to the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP). All other applications will be assessed by the local council. Referred applications include those:
- where the area of the native vegetation to be removed 0.5 hectares or more
- in the high risk-based pathway
- where a property vegetation plan applies to the site
- on Crown land which is occupies or managed by the responsible authority
The Permitted clearing of native vegetation – Biodiversity assessment handbook provides additional information and biodiversity guidance for local government and DELWP staff when assessing applications. The current version of the Handbook is Version 1.0, May 2015. Version 0.2 is no longer in use.