Exemptions within planning schemes may allow landholders to remove some native vegetation to construct or maintain boundary fences, without needing to get a planning permit. It is important to check with the planning department of your local council to confirm whether your proposed clearing is exempt before you undertake works on public land or remove native vegetation.

Before you can access public land to remove native vegetation on the public land side of your boundary fence, you must obtain written consent from the public land manager.

We acknowledge that there may be some cases where additional native vegetation removal is required for the maintenance of fences constructed to exclude wild dogs.

The following fact sheet provides information for landholders seeking consent for access public land managed by DELWP to remove native vegetation for the construction or maintenance of a boundary fence for wild dog management.

Remove native vegetation along a boundary fence for wild dog management facts sheet (PDF, 99.6 KB)
Remove native vegetation along a boundary fence for wild dog management facts sheet (accessible version) (DOCX, 138.8 KB)

It is also important to note that some native vegetation is protected under the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988. A permit to take protected flora from public land may also be needed if you are removing or lopping native vegetation on public land. Information about protected flora permits are available on or at your regional DELWP office.

Application form

To remove native vegetation for the construction or maintenance of a boundary fence for wild dog management, you must apply to the public land manager for consent.  Please complete and return the following application form where DELWP is the public land manager.

Remove vegetation along a boundary fence for wild dog management - application form (PDF, 113.9 KB)
Remove vegetation along a boundary fence for wild dog management - application form (accessible version) (DOCX, 170.2 KB)