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.

Refer to the Native Vegetation Information Checklist for more information, or contact the Planning Unit at Campaspe Shire Council on 5481 2200 or 1300 666 535.