Consent to Clear Native Vegetation - New South Wales

Service summary

You will require this approval if you intend to clear land that contains native vegetation. Clearing is defined as cutting down, felling, thinning, logging, removing, killing, destroying, poisoning, ring-barking, uprooting or burning native vegetation. This includes:

  • any type of ploughing that kills native ground-cover
  • the under-scrubbing of native forests
  • herbicide spray drift that kills or destroys native vegetation
  • thinning of native woodlands.

You will not require this approval for land that is excluded from the Act, including:

  • national parks
  • other conservation areas
  • State forestry land
  • urban areas.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this consent you must:

  • provide details of what type of clearing is proposed and the method to be used
  • provide the location of the proposed clearing and a description of that land
  • provide justification for the proposed clearing
  • provide any other supporting details as required depending on the land (as specified on the application form) - this may include maps, photos, reports.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information on these requirements.



Please consult the Contact Officer for information on fees to be submitted.



Please send the application form to your nearest office. These details can be found on the application form.

Additional information

Land excluded under this Act will require a different approval. You will require this approval for all other land in NSW (for example land zoned rural and rural residential).
You may require a Development Consent for clearing native vegetation's or a Property Vegetation Plan (PVP). Please see the Agency website for details on the two different approvals. Conditions and restrictions will vary depending on the nature of clearing.
Native vegetation means any of the following types of indigenous vegetation:

  • trees (including an sapling, shrub, or any scrub)
  • understorey plants
  • goundcover (being any type of herbaceous vegetation)
  • plants occurring in a wetland.

Certain types of clearing are permitted without an approval (for example, clearing of native vegetation that is only regrowth, but not protected regrowth or clearing of routine agricultural management activities). If you are in a 10 / 50 vegetation clearing entitlement area also you may not require approval. However, this work must be carried out in accordance with the relevant code of practice. Please see the attached document to determine if you are in a 10 / 50 vegetation clearing entitlement area.

Administering agency

Department of Industry
Local Land Services

Act(s) name

Native Vegetation Act 2003 (New South Wales)

Regulation(s) name

Native Vegetation Regulation 2013 (New South Wales)

Contact details

Department of Industry
Local Land Services

Operating address:
MLC Centre
Level 48
19 Martin Place
Sydney, New South Wales 2000
Mailing address:
PO BOX 2105
Dubbo, New South Wales 2830

Toll Free:

1300 795 299


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