Clearing Native Vegetation

Native vegetation comprises plants that are indigenous to Victoria, including trees, shrubs, herbs and grasses.

In Victoria, a permit is required to remove, destroy or lop native vegetation.

On 20 December 2013 a package of reforms changed Victoria’s native vegetation permitted clearing regulations.

The reforms included:

  • A stronger focus on the value of native vegetation for statewide biodiversity.
  • Reduced regulatory burden.
  • Improved decision making.

Clearing Native Vegetation
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The permit application requirements use a risk-based pathway to assess the application to remove native vegetation.

An online tool is available to assist landholders determine the risk-based pathway of their application to remove native vegetation.

Exemptions allow landholders to clear some native vegetation along fence lines to construct or maintain fences, without requiring a planning permit. You must obtain the consent from the Public Land Manager to clear any native vegetation on the public land side of the boundary fences.

Vegetation Removal

Applications for a permit to remove native vegetation must be lodged with the relevant responsible authority. In most cases this is the local council. In addition, further information may be required by the local planning scheme.

For full details visit :

For more information contact :

Mark Hincksman
Farm Sevices (Horticulture)
m: 0437 254 913

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