What is the Native Vegetation Regulatory map?
The Local Land Services Act 2013 (LLS Act) categorises land to determine native vegetation management options for landholders. Some vegetation management needs approval and some does not.
The transitional Native Vegetation Regulatory (NVR) Map is a tool that landholders can use to display the most critical land categories at a property scale during the transitional period. It essentially tells you where the land management code and allowable activities are either limited or not available.
The transitional NVR Map currently displays category 2 – vulnerable regulated land, category 2 – sensitive regulated land and land that is excluded from the LLS Act. See Understanding the map categories and colours below for a summary of currently published categories used in the transitional NVR Map.
What do the categories mean?
Category 1 – exempt land is land where native vegetation clearing is allowed without approval from Local Land Services.
Category 2 – regulated land is land where authorisation may be required from Local Land Services for native vegetation clearing. This may include clearing under the Land Management (Native Vegetation) Code 2018. Landholders also have a range of allowable clearing activities available to them that can be used without approval from Local Land Services.
Category 2 – vulnerable regulated land is land designated as steep or highly erodible lands, protected riparian land or special category land. Use of the Land Management (Native Vegetation) Code 2018 and allowable clearing activities are restricted in these areas.
Category 2 – sensitive regulated land is land that has been designated as environmentally sensitive. Clearing under the Land Management (Native Vegetation) Code 2018 is not permitted in these area, although there is a limited list of allowable clearing activities available.
Excluded land refers to land outside of the land management framework. Other clearing controls may exist in these areas
Determining land categories not displayed on the map
Transitional arrangements are in place until a comprehensive NVR Map with all the land categories is published. During the ‘transitional period’, landholders are responsible for determining the categorisation of their land in accordance with section 60F of the LLS Act.
If you require assistance with determining which categories are applicable to any unmapped areas on your landholding, contact the Local Land Services office in your area.
Land not categorised on the transitional NVR Map viewer is still bound by provisions of the legislation.
How the Native Vegetation Regulatory Map is made
The transitional NVR Map is prepared using a peer-reviewed scientific method. This method uses the best available aerial photo and satellite imagery to provide a map that shows which land category applies to vegetation across New South Wales.
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.
Using multiple lines of evidence rather than a single ‘snapshot’ interpretation of imagery, provides high level spatial and visually accurate data. The map is designed to be a dynamic product that can be updated as required to reflect changes in vegetation across the landscape. Detailed information about how the map was made is available in the NVR Map: Method Statement and appendices.
This video tells you more about How the map was made.
Regular review and updates of all transitional NVR Map categories will occur as required including:
- annual updates following application of new or improved data
- more frequent updates capturing changes such as new or ending code certification recategorisation and set-aside sites
- Landholder Initiated Map Review (Map Review) changes.
The 2019 Annual Review of the transitional NVR map was published on 22 November 2019. See What’s new on the map? below for details about changes occurring as a result of the 2019 Annual Review. The latest version of the map can be viewed online using the NVR Map Viewer.
Due to ongoing refinements and updates to the transitional 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 before undertaking any vegetation clearing works.
Future publication of a draft comprehensive NVR Map showing proposed mapping of the additional categories is under consideration. When released, the draft comprehensive NVR Map categories will be available to landholders and approval authorities for information, review and consultation. Map reviews will continue to be available to landholders during and after the transitional period. See 'About the different versions of the map' on the More information page to find out more about land categories for future release.