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 The name of environment zones has changed to conservation zones

As of 1 December 2021, a reference to an Environment Protection zone E1, E2, E3 or E4 in a planning document should be taken to be a reference to a Conservation zone C1, C2, C3 or C4. For further information please see Standard Instrument (Local Environmental Plans) Amendment (Land Use Zones) Order 2021 (nsw.gov.au)

The zone name conversion is indicated in the Table below.

Current NameNew Name
Zone E1 – National Parks and Nature ReservesZone C1 – National Parks and Nature Reserves
Zone E2 – Environmental ConservationZone C2 – Environmental Conservation
Zone E3 – Environmental ManagementZone C3 – Environmental Management
Zone E4 – Environmental LivingZone C4 – Environmental Living


Clearing Native Vegetation- What do I need to do?

Council has produced a flow chart to help with the assessment/approval process that may apply to certain clearing of native vegetation.

Please find Council’s handout below:

Native Vegetation Clearing & Biodiversity Reform

NSW State Government has changed legislation in relation to clearing of native vegetation with the following new legislation in August 2017:

  1. Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016
  2. Local Land Services Act 2013
  3. State Environmental Planning Policy (Vegetation In Non-Rural Areas) 2017


For additional information on biodiversity reforms and legislation please see the NSW Department of Planning & Environment website: https://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/topics/animals-and-plants/biodiversity/overview-of-biodiversity-reform