Clearing Permit - Western Australia


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: 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: 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.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All

Purpose permit fee: $2000.00 (for all purpose permits).

Apply Application All Please see the clearing permit fee calculator tool to ascertain the fee payable.

Act(s) name

Environmental Protection Act 1986 Western Australia

Regulation(s) name

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

Administering agency

Department of Water and Environmental Regulation

Environmental Regulation

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

Enquiries, Native Vegetation Clearing

Environmental Regulation

Department of Water and Environmental Regulation

Operating address: The Atrium
Level 4
168 St Georges Terrace
Perth, Western Australia 6000
Mailing address: LOCKED BAG 33
Cloisters Square Po, Western Australia 6850
Phone: 08 9333 7469