Native vegetation

We deliver programs, services and information for landholders and developers to help them manage their interactions with native vegetation.

Native vegetation is vital for the health of our environment, supporting native animals and agriculture and protecting soils and water. 

Native vegetation legislation

The Native Vegetation Act 2003 was repealed on 25 August 2017 and legislation governing the clearing of native vegetation has changed.

Rural land

Clearing of native vegetation on rural land is legislated by the Local Land Services Act 2013 and the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016

Urban areas and land zoned for environmental protection

Clearing of native vegetation in urban areas and land zoned for environmental protection is legislated by the NSW Vegetation SEPP.

Property vegetation plans

Property vegetation plans (PVPs) approved before the repeal of the Native Vegetation Act remain valid and in force.

No new PVPs can be submitted by a landholder; however, an existing PVP may be modified (varied).

For more information on how or why a PVP can be varied, please contact Local Land Services.

For information about existing PVPs and variations, visit the Native Vegetation Act 2003 Public register.

Managing native vegetation

The Transitional Native Vegetation Regulatory Map 

The Transitional Native Vegetation Regulatory Map (NVR Map) covers all rural land in NSW. It categorises land into areas where clearing of native vegetation can occur without approval, where clearing can only be carried out in accordance with Part 5A of the Local Land Services Act 2013 (LLS Act) or other legislation and excluded land where the LLS Act does not apply.

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Department of Planning, Industry and Environment

The Native Vegetation Act 2003 and the Native Vegetation Regulation 2013 were repealed on 25 August 2017. For information about the new arrangements for managing native vegetation visit the Land Management website.


Native Vegetation Information Strategy 2014-2018

This strategy defines the strategic intent and overall accountability for the creation and delivery of native vegetation information, systems and products for the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH).