Clearing Permit - Western Australia

Service summary

You will require this permit if you intend to clear native vegetation. Clearing includes killing, removing, severing or ringbarking of trunks or stems, or doing any other substantial damage to native vegetation in an area. It also includes the draining or flooding of land, the burning of vegetation and the grazing of stock.

There are two types of clearing permit:

  • Area permits, are required if you intend to clear a particular area of native vegetation. You can apply for this permit if you are the owner of the land or if you have written authority to do the clearing on behalf of the owner of the land.
  • Purpose permits, are required if you intend to clear different areas from time to time for a specified purpose. This is required for programs of clearing, such as ongoing maintenance projects. In general, only utilities and local governments require this type of permit.

This permit may not be required for certain types of prescribed clearing, such as clearing for fire hazard reduction, to construct a building, clearing along a fence line and clearing for walking tracks.

Please consult the Contact Officer for information on whether a permit is required.

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 the permit, you must:

  • provide a letter of authorisation from the owner of the land
  • provide any management plans, maps and other required documents and information
  • describe the proposed activities
  • complete the prescribed application form
  • pay the permit fee.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


Area permit: 2 years. Purpose permit: 5 years.



Area permit fees: $50 (for an area less than 1ha); $100 (for an area between 1ha and 10ha); or $200 (for an area more than 10ha).


Purpose permit fee: $200 (for all purpose permits).

Administering agency

Department of Water and Environmental Regulation
Environmental Regulation

Act(s) name

Environmental Protection Act 1986 (Western Australia)

Regulation(s) name

Environmental Protection (Clearing of Native Vegetation) Regulations 2004 (Western Australia)

Contact details

Enquiries, Native Vegetation Clearing
Department of Water and Environmental Regulation
Environmental Regulation

Operating address:
The Atrium
Level 4
168 St Georges Terrace
Perth, Western Australia 6000
Mailing address:
Cloisters Square Po, Western Australia 6850


08 6467 5020

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