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Native Vegetation Regulatory Map

The Native Vegetation Regulatory (NVR) Map was prepared by OEH under Part 5A of the amended Local Land Services Act 2013 (LLS Act) and supporting regulation.

Native Vegetation Regulatory Map

The Native Vegetation Regulatory Map is a tool to give landholders certainty when planning future management of their land.

The Map is a regulatory requirement. Part 5A of the Local Land Services Act 2013 (LLS Act), requires the Chief Executive of the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) to prepare and maintain a Native Vegetation Regulatory (NVR) Map.

The NVR Map generally covers rural land in NSW. It categorises land where management of native vegetation can occur without approval or where management of native vegetation may be carried out in accordance with Part 5A of the LLS Act. A summary of categories used in the NVR Map is shown below.

The NVR Map Category 2 - Vulnerable Land and Category 2 - Sensitive Land categories were released and came into full regulatory effect on 25 August 2017. These categories are now available on the NVR Map Viewer.

Regular review and updates of all NVR Map categories will occur as required. Landholders should regularly check the NVR Map Viewer for the status of categories to ensure you have the latest available release information applicable to your landholding. 

Release dates for Draft Category 1 – Unrestricted management and Draft Category 2 – Code based management map layers will be determined and announced by the government.

Understanding the NVR Map

The NVR Map is prepared using a peer reviewed scientific method that utilises the best available aerial photo and satellite imagery to provide a map that determines which Land Category applies to vegetation across NSW.

The map method identifies land cleared as at January 1990, or lawfully cleared between 1 January 1990 and commencement of Part 5A of the LLS Act. It also explains how other data layers are used to categorise the land.

In simple terms, land is mapped as Category 1 where it has been lawfully cleared. However, the legislation may require the land to be a different category based on other criteria. The other criteria may also determine when land is categorised as Category 2 – Vulnerable Regulated Land, which are steep lands, riparian lands or special category lands, or Category 2 – Sensitive Regulated Lands which are identified in the Regulation.

By utilising multiple lines of evidence rather than a single ‘snapshot’ interpretation of imagery, the NVR Map provides high level spatial and visually accurate data resulting in the final published map. The map is designed to be a dynamic product that can be updated rapidly to reflect changes in vegetation across the landscape. Detailed information about how the map was made is available in the NVR Map: Method Statement.

The Digital Cadastral Database (DCDB) is a digital representation of the cadastre of NSW and is only displayed with the Native Vegetation Regulatory (NVR) Map to assist land owners by to use lot and DP numbers to search for and identify their landholdings. It is important to understand that the DCDB is not a survey accurate representation of cadastre and property boundaries and it is likely when viewing the NVR Map that the image of your landholding may not align correctly with the DCDB. For more information about the cadastral layer on the NVR Map go to 'Why is the cadastral boundary and my property boundary misaligned?' on the Questions and answers page.

The NVR map can be viewed online using the NVR Map Viewer.  Click on the “I want to” button to search for your landholding on the map.

The NVR Map will be updated regularly including: 

  • Annual updates following application of new or improved data. 
  • More frequent updates capturing new information such as code certification and set-aside sites
  • Landholder Initiated Map Review (LIMR) changes

Due to ongoing refinements and updates to the NVR Map you should always check if the map has changed before undertaking any management activities on your property. The Map Viewer will allow you to print a date stamped version of the map. It is recommended that you print a copy of the map for your records prior to undertaking any vegetation clearing works.

Map categories

Each category has been developed using a combination of scientific assessment and the application of data as specified in the legislation. Publicly released NVR Map categories are available via the NVR Map viewer at:


More information

Information about obtaining a Category Explanation Report and the Landholder Initiated Map Review process is available from the OEH Map Review webpage, or by contacting the Map Review Team: 02 6360 9000 or

Further information about the NSW Biodiversity Reforms and the NSW Native Vegetation Regulation Map can be found on the NSW Land Management website.

Page last updated: 30 April 2018