The native vegetation removal regulations were updated on 12 December 2017. Details of the review process are provided in the Review of the native vegetation clearing regulations 2015-2017.
Native vegetation provides habitat for plants and animals and delivers a range of ecosystem services that make land more productive and contribute to human well-being.
In Victoria, a permit is usually required to remove, destroy or lop native vegetation. These regulations are known as the native vegetation removal regulations and are primarily implemented through local council planning schemes.
Guidelines for the removal, destruction or lopping of native vegetation (the Guidelines) outline how native vegetation removal is assessed and offset. The Guidelines are an incorporated document in all Victorian planning schemes.
The Monitoring, evaluation and reporting plan - removal, destruction or lopping of native vegetation describes approaches used to evaluate, monitor and report on the performance of the native vegetation removal regulations.
It provides a framework for consistent and efficient data collection to:
- measure progress towards achieving the goal of ‘no net loss’ to Victoria’s biodiversity from the removal of native vegetation
- check operation of the regulations, and
- identify and address gaps in our current knowledge.
The following annual reports present an overview of how the native vegetation regulations were implemented during the subject financial year.
The Three-yearly Report evaluates the operation of the Native Vegetation Regulations during the three-year period between July 2017 and June 2020.
Preparing an application to remove native vegetation
The application requirements for an application to remove native vegetation depend on the application’s assessment pathway. There are three assessment pathways, Basic, Intermediate and Detailed.
The assessment pathway is determined by the amount of native vegetation to be removed (in hectares), whether any large trees are to be removed, and the location of the native vegetation in the landscape.
The NVR Map tool assists in preparing an application to remove native vegetation.
The Native vegetation removal regulations - Applicant's guide helps permit applicants to prepare an application to remove native vegetation.
A new search tool has been released to help you search for your offset requirement. The tool is used to search the Native Vegetation Credit Register and a report of credit sites that meet your requirements can be downloaded.
Read the Search the Native Vegetation Credit Register – user guide before using the search tool.
Lodging an application to remove native vegetation
Applications for a permit to remove native vegetation must be lodged with the relevant responsible authority, which is usually the local council. In addition to the application requirements for the native vegetation removal regulations, further information may be required by the local planning scheme.
The Assessor’s handbook – applications to remove, destroy or lop native vegetation (Assessor’s handbook) provides information and guidance to assist local government and DELWP when assessing applications to remove native vegetation.
Some applications to remove, destroy or lop native vegetation are required to be referred to the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) to provide a recommendation. All other applications are assessed solely by the local council.
Removing native vegetation
Monitoring, evaluation and reporting
Page last updated: 21/02/24