You may need this permit to clear native vegetation. Clearing means killing, destroying, 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: needed 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, likely to become the owner of the land or acting on the landowner's behalf and will be jointly responsible for the clearing permit.
- Purpose permits: needed if you intend to clear different areas from time to time for a specified purpose. This is needed for programs of clearing, such as ongoing maintenance projects. A purpose permit is also needed if you do not own the land you intend to clear but have legal authority or permission from the landowner to access the land for clearing purposes.
In general, purpose permits are used by utility companies, local governments, mining companies, extractive industry and businesses that lease land.
You may not need this permit for certain types of prescribed clearing, such as clearing for fire hazard reduction, constructing a building, clearing along a fence line and clearing for walking tracks.