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Area management plans

Clearing under an existing Area management plan (AMP)

AMPs provide an alternative approval system for vegetation clearing under the Vegetation Management Act 1999. They list the purposes and clearing conditions that have been approved for the areas covered by the plan. It is not necessary to use an AMP, even when an AMP applies to your property.

To clear under an existing AMP, you must notify us before clearing starts using the Area management clearing notification form (PDF, 228KB). There is no fee for lodging an AMP notification. You must then follow the conditions listed in the AMP. We may audit your property to monitor compliance, so you should keep records of any clearing activity.

AMPs relate to particular vegetation categories and regional ecosystems. You can request a property report covering your property to obtain this information.

An area management plan under the Vegetation Management Act 1999 has no bearing on the requirements for a flora survey and/or clearing permit under the protected plants legislative framework, which may still be required.

Current AMPs

To see if your property is covered by an AMP, refer to the following maps and plans.

Amending an AMP

If you are considering amending an AMP, you should contact us to discuss the information required, the application process and any fees that might apply. Minor changes are permitted; however, more substantial changes may require a new application.

Applying for a new AMP

AMPs are approved for single areas or contiguous areas and are suitable for large areas with similar vegetation management issues (e.g. regional council areas). Plans can be approved for a period of 10 years

Activities that can be included

Activities that can be included in an AMP include:

  • clearing to ensure public safety
  • fodder harvesting
  • thinning
  • clearing of encroachment
  • control of non-native plants or declared pests
  • clearing for relevant built infrastructure
  • necessary environmental clearing.

How to apply

Your application should include:

Your application must show that you have given, or taken reasonable steps to give, notice of the application to each landholder. Your application must also include details of the management intent, outcomes and conditions for clearing within the proposed area.

Application fees

Application fees vary depending on the clearing purpose and number of properties involved, as follows:

AMPs to ensure public safety or to control non-native plants or declared pests

Application fee: Fee 35101

Applications for accreditation of an existing planning document

Application fee: Fee 35120

Other AMPs

The fee for other AMPs is based on the number of properties covered by the AMP. It is calculated using the applicable base fee plus the additional fee for each property. For example, the fee for an AMP covering 5 properties would be the base fee of Fee 35093 plus 5 × Fee 35094

Number of properties

Base fee

Fee for each additional property

Maximum fee


Fee 35093

Fee 35094

Fee 35095


Fee 35095

Fee 35096

Fee 35097


Fee 35097

Fee 35098

Fee 35099


Fee 35099

Fee 35100

Fee 35134

What happens next?

Once we receive your application, we will conduct an assessment using the information you supplied in your application, imagery and any other relevant data available to us. If we need extra information, we will contact you and arrange a site inspection where necessary.

When the details and conditions of the document have been agreed upon, we will approve or accredit the AMP.

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Contact us

For more information about vegetation management, please contact us.

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Last updated
21 April 2017
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