Clearing activities before and after natural disasters

Clearing vegetation after a declared disaster

You may need to clear native vegetation on your property during, or immediately after a disaster.

Under vegetation management laws you do not need prior approval or to notify us if:

  • the government has made a disaster situation declaration under the Disaster Management Act 2003 for your district


  • the clearing is necessary to prevent or minimise any of the following:
    • loss of human life, or illness or injury
    • property loss or damage
    • damage to the environment.

This exemption applies for 1 year after a disaster situation has been declared.

Clearing vegetation to prepare for a natural disaster

Some clearing of vegetation to prepare for a natural disaster can be conducted using an accepted development vegetation clearing code. Refer to the Managing necessary environmental works, the Managing Category C regrowth vegetation, and the Managing Category R regrowth accepted development vegetation clearing codes for more information about clearing to prepare for a natural disaster.

Cleaning up after a natural disaster

Fallen woody debris can be removed without a permit or notification, from existing tracks, roads, fire management lines and firebreaks.

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