Clearing on state protected land

While the Native Vegetation Act 2003 regulates clearing of live native vegetation, the clearing of dead native vegetation or exotic vegetation on state protected land (SPL) is still regulated by the old Native Vegetation Conservation Act 1997. State protected land is classified as:

  • Land sloped at over 18 degrees (Category A)
  • Riparian Land (Category B)
  • Sensitive Land (Category C).

The areas of land that are SPL are marked on maps held by OEH and catchment management authorities. Note that not all land that is sloped at over 18 degrees or that is riparian land has been mapped as SPL. The Restrictions on the Removal of Trees on New South Wales Watercourses booklet provides a comprehensive list of all prescribed streams (RestrictionsOnTheRemovalOTreesOnNSWwatercourses.pdf, 1.3MB).

Clearing dead trees and exotic trees, such as willows or privet, on SPL does not require approval if it is done in accordance with the Guideline for the Clearing of Exotic Trees and Dead Native Trees on State Protected Land (splguideline.pdf, 88KB).

In addition, clearing on SPL does not require approval if it is carried out in accordance with the exemptions under the Soil Conservation Act 1938 or if it is on land excluded from, or is a type of clearing excluded from the Native Vegetation Conservation Act 1997.

Page last updated: 19 September 2013