Online tools for assessment of native vegetation

The Native Vegetation Act 2003 and Native Vegetation Regulation 2013 provide the legislative framework for the management of native vegetation in NSW.

With changes to the Native Vegetation Regulation underway, the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) is delivering a greater range of services online to make it easier and quicker to access native vegetation information.

Information tools

OEH has developed a series of information tools to help landholders work their way through the Native Vegetation Act and Regulations. The information tools are user friendly and easy to use and focus on helping landholders find which clearing approvals apply to them.

Access a Quick Reference Guide (PDF 765KB) for the Information Tools. This will give you a step by step guide on how to use the Information Tools.

Tool 1: Does the Native Vegetation Act apply?

The Act regulates the clearing of native vegetation on all land in NSW except for land listed in Schedule 1 of the Act. Use this tool to determine if the land you wish to clear is excluded from the operation of the Act.

Tool 2: What is the category of my vegetation?

The clearing of native vegetation is subject to differing requirements depending on whether the vegetation is classified as remnant vegetation, protected regrowth or non-protected regrowth. Use this tool to determine the category of vegetation.

Tool 3: What clearing can I do without approval?

The clearing of native vegetation does not require approval under the Act if the clearing is listed as permitted clearing, excluded clearing, or is a permitted activity. Use this tool to determine if the clearing you wish to undertake can be done without approval.

Tool 4: What Routine Agricultural Management Activities (RAMAs) are available?

Routine Agricultural Management Activities (RAMAs) cover a wide range of day-to-day farming, safety and other clearing activities. Clearing native vegetation associated with RAMAs does not require any approval. Use this tool to find out what RAMAs are available to you.

Tool 5: Can I use the Invasive Native Species Self-assessable Code?

Invasive native species (INS), sometimes called ‘woody weeds’ or ‘invasive native scrub’, can now be managed without any approval under the INS Self-assessable Code of Practice. Use this tool to determine if this code can be used on your property.

Tool 6: Can I use the Paddock Trees in Cultivation Self-assessable Code?

The clearing of paddock trees in cultivated areas can now be carried out without any approval under the Paddock Trees in Cultivated Areas Self-assessable Code of Practice. Use this tool to determine if this code can be used on your property.

Tool 7: Can I use the Thinning Self-assessable Code?

Thinning is the selective removal of individual trees and woody shrubs. The thinning of native vegetation can now be carried out without any approval under the Thinning Self-assessable Code of Practice. Use this tool to determine if this code can be used on your property.

Notification system

The Native Vegetation Regulation 2013 requires landholders to provide notification of their intention to apply the self- assessable codes.

The Notification system is an online system that allows you to submit notification of your intention to use any of the self-assessable codes. Follow these 5 simple steps to submit a notification:

  1. Register to use the system (a once-off activity)
  2. Enter your property details
  3. Create the notification
  4. Map the notification area
  5. Submit the notification.

Access the Notification system.

Alternatively you can:

  1. Submit the Notification of Intended Clearing form (PDF 45KB) to the Local Land Services office.
  2. Have a Local Land Services officer submit the Notification on your behalf.
  3. Have a registered agent submit the Notification on your behalf.

Access a Quick Reference Guide (PDF 1.24MB) for the notification system. This will give you a step by step guide on how to use the notification system.

Online tools disclaimer

The native vegetation information tools are provided by the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) to help you assess your options for clearing of native vegetation without a property vegetation plan or development consent under that Act. The tools only consider the requirements of the NSW Native Vegetation Act and regulations. OEH does not collect any information about your use of the tool. View the OEH disclaimer.

If, after using the tool, you have any questions about the management of native vegetation on your land, or are considering applying for a property vegetation plan, you may wish to contact your Local Land Service.

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Page last updated: 09 October 2015