Nature conservation

Biodiversity Reform

Land management

The Local Land Services Act, as amended by the Local Land Services Amendment Act (LLSA Act), now provides a new regulatory framework for the management of native vegetation in NSW.

A Native Vegetation Regulatory (NVR) Map has been developed and identify rural land that is regulated under the new land management framework. Landholders will be able to review the categories of vegetation as depicted on the regulatory map for their property. The new State Environmental Planning Policy (Vegetation) 2017 (Vegetation SEPP) will regulate clearing of native vegetation in urban and to all other land in NSW that is zoned for environmental conservation/management.

The new Land Management (Native Vegetation) Code will support landholders to manage their land to ensure more productive farming methods and systems, while responding to environmental risks. Some clearing under the Land Management Code will require land to be set aside, which will be listed in a new public register. Clearing of some native vegetation may be carried out without approval for the purposes of allowable activities.

Higher impact clearing will require approval from a new Native Vegetation Panel, and landholders will be required to assess and offset the biodiversity impacts of approved clearing.

For more information visit Local Land Services.


See the Office of Environment and Heritage approach to managing compliance actions for alleged unlawful clearing under the Native Vegetation Act (PDF 31KB).

Page last updated: 10 January 2018