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Accepted development vegetation clearing codes

Read more about other legislation which may apply to vegetation clearing, including the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) and the Nature Conservation Act 1992.

A review of the accepted development vegetation clearing codes is currently underway. Find out more and have your say on available draft revisions.

As a result of the new Planning Act 2016, which commenced on 3 July 2017, there are a number of changes to the vegetation management framework. Changes include:

  • self-assessable vegetation clearing codes are now known as accepted development vegetation clearing codes
  • exemptions are now known as exempt clearing work.

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.

Vegetation types

The codes apply to particular vegetation categories and regional ecosystems. You should request a property report for your property to obtain this information. Note: On all but certain state 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.

Notifying us

If you intend to undertake clearing activities under an accepted development vegetation clearing code you must notify the Department of Natural Resources and Mines before starting. No fees apply and the notification is valid until the property changes ownership.

Before notifying us

  1. Make sure you read and understand the relevant accepted development vegetation clearing code/s before completing the notification form.
    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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 the code

    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.

    Download an accepted development vegetation clearing code

    Management purpose

    Applies to

    Description

    Download code

    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

    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 leasehold land granted for agriculture or grazing purposes

    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, Mackay Whitsunday or 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

    Thinning vegetation in the Mulga Lands

    Specified regional ecosystems in the Mulga Lands bioregion, that are mapped as Category B vegetation

    Selective clearing of native vegetation to return thickened areas to a state that is more typical for the regional ecosystem

    Managing thickened vegetation in the Mulga Lands

    Thinning in the North West Highlands, Gulf Plains, Cape York Peninsula, Wet Tropics and Einasleigh Uplands

    Specified regional ecosystems in those bioregions, that are mapped as Category B vegetation

    Selective clearing of native vegetation to return thickened areas to a state that is more typical for the regional ecosystem

    Managing thickened vegetation in the North West Highlands, Gulf Plains, Cape York Peninsula, Wet Tropics and Einasleigh Uplands bioregions

    Thinning in the Brigalow Belt, Central Queensland Coast and Desert Uplands

    Specified regional ecosystems in those bioregions, that are mapped as Category B vegetation

    Selective clearing of native vegetation to return thickened areas to a state that is more typical for the regional ecosystem

    Managing thickened vegetation in the Brigalow Belt, Central Queensland Coast and Desert Uplands bioregions

    Thinning in the Mitchell Grass Downs and the Channel Country

    Specified regional ecosystems in those bioregions, that are mapped as Category B vegetation

    Selective clearing of native vegetation to return thickened areas to a state that is more typical for the regional ecosystem

    Managing thickened vegetation in the Mitchell Grass Downs and the Channel Country bioregions

    Thinning in the South East Queensland and New England Tableland bioregions

    Specified regional ecosystems in those bioregions, that are mapped as Category B vegetation

    Selective clearing of native vegetation to return thickened areas to a state that is more typical for the regional ecosystem

    Managing thickened vegetation in South East Queensland and the New England Tableland bioregions

    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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    Last updated
    3 July 2017
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