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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 the 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.

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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What's new?

Changes to vegetation management laws are now in effect. Find out more about the new laws and how these affect your property. If you have questions about the changes, call 135 VEG (135 834) between 8.30am and 4.30pm Monday to Friday.

Contact us

For more information about vegetation management, please contact us.

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Last updated
10 May 2018
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