If you want to remove native vegetation, including trees, shrubs and grasses, you may need a permit from council. Penalties apply for removing native vegetation without a permit. Make sure you know if a permit is needed before you start removing any native vegetation.

There are special controls in Victoria which ensure removing native vegetation doesn’t have a negative effect on biodiversity.

These controls aim to:

  • avoid removal of native vegetation which makes a significant contribution to biodiversity
  • minimise the impact on Victoria’s biodiversity
  • ensure an offset is provided ie planting native vegetation equal to that which was removed.

You may not need a planning permit if:

  • you are removing dead vegetation
  • doing certain building works while constructing a home
  • you need to remove the vegetation to build a boundary fence between two properties with different owners, or to maintain an existing fence (the maximum width of clearing permitted either side of the fence is 4 metres).
  • You are implementing fire protection measures
  • Removing vegetation on land less than 0.4 hectares in contiguous ownership.

We strongly recommend you contact the Planning Unit to clarify if a permit is required on 5481 2200 or 1300 666 535. They are happy to help.

Biodiversity Assessment Report

If you need a planning permit to remove native vegetation, you must include a Biodiversity Assessment Report in your permit application.  Find out how to obtain this report by visiting https://nvim.delwp.vic.gov.au/

Permit application checklist

If you want a permit to remove, destroy or lop native vegetation, you must submit the following information with your application:

  • Native Vegetation Information Management (NVIM) - Biodiversity Assessment Report
  • recent dated photographs of the native vegetation to be removed
  • topographic information
  • a copy of any property vegetation plan that applies to the site
  • where the removal, destruction or lopping of vegetation is to create defendable space, a statement explaining why it is required, when other available bushfire risk mitigation measures have been considered.
  • details of any other native vegetation permitted to be removed.

Find out more about state-wide rules regarding the removal of vegetation here.

For more information, contact the Planning Unit at Campaspe Shire Council on 5481 2200 or 1300 666 535.