Clearing codes

Queensland’s vegetation management laws allow you to carry out many routine and low-risk clearing activities without requiring a development approval under an accepted development vegetation clearing code.

First, consider whether your proposed clearing qualifies as exempt clearing work. If not, your activities may be eligible to be carried out without a development approval if the proposed clearing can be done in accordance with one of the following codes:

  • managing encroachment
  • clearing for an extractive industry
  • managing fodder harvesting
  • clearing to improve agricultural efficiency
  • managing regulated regrowth vegetation
  • managing a native forest practice
  • necessary environmental clearing
  • clearing for infrastructure
  • managing weeds.

This General guide to the vegetation clearing codes (PDF, 1.7MB) provides information that applies to all codes, including the requirement to notify us of your intended vegetation clearing activities before you start any clearing.

If your proposed clearing doesn’t fall into the above categories, consider other options for clearing native vegetation.

Clearing codes

In this guide:

  1. Step 1 – Choose the right code
  2. Step 2 – Secure exchange areas for vegetation clearing
  3. Step 3 – Notify us before clearing
  4. Step 4 – Code compliance and recordkeeping

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