Accepted development vegetation clearing codes

Some clearing activities can be undertaken using an accepted development vegetation clearing code. The codes can be downloaded below. If your clearing is not covered by one of these, you should read about other clearing approval options.

Review of clearing codes

We are currently reviewing accepted development clearing codes for low-risk clearing activities. Read about the progress of the review and upcoming consultations.

Vegetation types

The codes apply to particular vegetation categories and regional ecosystems. For information about your property, request a property report. Note: On most land tenures, clearing in a Category X area is exempt clearing work and does not require a notification or development approval under the Vegetation Management Act 1999.

Guides for using the codes

The following guides are available to help landholders operate under the codes that apply to their proposed low-risk clearing activity.

Notifying us

If you intend to undertake clearing activities under an accepted development vegetation clearing code you must notify the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy before starting.

Before notifying us

  1. Make sure you read and understand the relevant accepted development vegetation clearing code/s before completing the notification form. The Measuring tree density and Identifying habitat trees videos provide guidance on practices and requirements of accepted development vegetation clearing codes.
  2. Collect all the required data and information you will need to supply as part of the code. You will be required to supply GPS coordinates using the Map Grid of Australia 1994 (MGA 94) format. Alternatively, you can upload an attachment with this data and attach it to the form.
  3. If you intend to clear native vegetation on leasehold land or land subject to a forest consent area contact the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries to ensure the state has no commercial interest in the timber.
  4. If your property report identifies any part of the intended clearing area is a high risk area for protected plants, read the protected plants information for further requirements.

Notification form

You can notify us by completing the online notification form or downloading a hard-copy version of the form and lodging it at one of our business centres.

If you have any questions about completing the form, please contact us.

Complying with codes

Make sure you follow the practices outlined in the code. We may audit your property to monitor compliance, so you should keep records of any clearing activity.

We also suggest that you conduct a self-audit once a small portion of the intended area has been cleared. A self-audit, using the self-audit sheet (PDF, 202KB), is mandatory before re-notifying under the Managing fodder harvesting code.

The accepted development vegetation clearing codes are available below.

Management purpose

Applies to


Download code/guide

Managing encroachment

Category B grassland regional ecosystems in the western bioregions of Queensland

Clearing to manage invasion of a grassland regional ecosystem by native woody species

Managing encroachment

Extractive industry

Category B vegetation across Queensland

Clearing of native vegetation for a pit or quarry

Managing clearing for an extractive industry

Fodder harvesting

Fodder species in Category B areas within specific local government areas of Western Queensland

Cutting, felling, breaking, pushing or pulling of fodder species, that are left where harvested for livestock to consume

Managing fodder harvesting

Guide to fodder harvesting code (PDF, 324KB)

Improving operational efficiency of existing agriculture

Category B vegetation, across Queensland, in areas of existing agriculture

Clearing of islands and straightening of edges and irregular shapes to improve the operational efficiency of existing agriculture

Managing clearing to improve the operational efficiency of existing agriculture

Managing Category C regrowth

Category C vegetation, across Queensland on freehold, leasehold land granted for agriculture or grazing purposes, Indigenous land or occupational licence

Clearing of native vegetation shown as category C on the regulated vegetation management map

Managing Category C regrowth vegetation

Managing Category R regrowth

Category R vegetation in the Burdekin, Burnett-Mary, Eastern Cape York, Fitzroy, Mackay Whitsunday and Wet Tropics catchments

Clearing of native vegetation shown as category R on the regulated vegetation management map

Managing Category R regrowth vegetation

Managing a native forest practice

Category B vegetation, across Queensland on freehold and Indigenous land

Selective harvesting of native timber to produce value-added products (other than woodchips for export) for an ongoing forestry business

Managing a native forest practice

Necessary environmental clearing

Category B vegetation across Queensland

Clearing of native vegetation to prepare for a natural disaster and to restore the environmental condition of land

Managing necessary environmental works

Property infrastructure

Category B, C and R vegetation across Queensland

Clearing of native vegetation for necessary property infrastructure in rural areas, including fences, roads, firebreaks, and dams

Managing clearing for necessary property infrastructure

Weed control

Category B vegetation across Queensland

Clearing of native vegetation to control non-native plants or declared pests and certain non-endemic native plants

Managing weeds

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Contact us

For more information about vegetation management, please contact us.