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Removing Native Vegetation - the regulations

Native Vegetation Regulations


Native vegetation is defined as plants that are indigenous to Victoria, including trees, shrubs, herbs and grasses.


Removal of native vegetation species (including lopping, trimming or pruning) typically requires planning permit approval under the East Gippsland Planning Scheme, unless an exemption applies. Unauthorised clearance of native vegetation is illegal under the Planning and Environment Act 1987.


The Victorian Government’s policy for native vegetation is outlined in the Guidelines for the removal, destruction or lopping of native vegetation by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.  This is an incorporated document in all Victorian Planning Schemes.  East Gippsland Shire Council must consider this when assessing proposals to clear vegetation. 


The native vegetation control regulations have a range of exemptions in the East Gippsland Planning Scheme. See Clause 52.17 (Native Vegetation) of the Scheme for further information.


The Scheme provides for vegetation protection in some areas, and there may also be agreements or covenants on land titles relating to vegetation protection.  Before removing or trimming native vegetation, you should contact Council’s Planning Department on 5153 9500 to determine exactly what controls apply to your land before starting vegetation removal as a planning permit may be required.


For more information view the Victorian Government website on native vegetation.

















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