Biodiversity assessment and approvals navigator
Navigator: identifying your pathway for required biodiversity assessment and approvals
In NSW, land management and biodiversity conservation are regulated by the following statutory instruments:
- Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016;
- Local Land Services Act 2013;
- Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979; and
- State Environmental Planning Policy (Vegetation in Non-Rural Areas) 2017.
Together, these set out different assessment and approval pathways for vegetation clearing. The relevant assessment and approval pathway will depend on the purpose, nature, location and extent of the vegetation clearing.
This “navigator” steps you through a series of questions to help you determine the relevant biodiversity assessment and approvals required for your development, activity or vegetation clearing.
For example, you may be required to obtain development consent or a native vegetation clearing approval. Your development or vegetation clearing may trigger what is described as the Biodiversity Offsets Scheme. You may therefore need to engage an accredited assessor to prepare a Biodiversity Development Assessment Report in accordance with the Biodiversity Assessment Method and to submit that report with your application for consent or approval. In other cases, you may not be required to obtain a Biodiversity Development Assessment Report but may need to obtain a permit from the local council to carry out clearing.
If you are required to obtain a Biodiversity Development Assessment Report, the conditions of an approval or consent will likely require you to retire biodiversity credits.
What vegetation clearing assessment and approvals apply to me?
Use the below questions to navigate the land management and biodiversity conservation framework to figure out which approvals apply to your vegetation clearing.