Clearing Native Vegetation
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 Name||New Name|
|Zone E1 – National Parks and Nature Reserves||Zone C1 – National Parks and Nature Reserves|
|Zone E2 – Environmental Conservation||Zone C2 – Environmental Conservation|
|Zone E3 – Environmental Management||Zone C3 – Environmental Management|
|Zone E4 – Environmental Living||Zone 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:
- Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016
- Local Land Services Act 2013
- 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