Biodiversity assessment and approvals navigator
Navigator: identifying your pathway for required biodiversity assessment and approvals
The Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016, Local Land Services Act 2013, Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 and the State Environmental Planning Policy (Vegetation in Non-Rural Areas) 2017 together regulate land management and biodiversity conservation in NSW.
Assessment and approval pathways for biodiversity impacts will depend upon the purpose, nature, location and extent of the vegetation clearing. In some cases you may be required to obtain development consent or a native vegetation clearing approval. You may 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.
The requirement to obtain a Biodiversity Development Assessment Report in certain circumstances and for the conditions of a consent or approval to require the retirement of biodiversity credits is part of what is described as the Biodiversity Offsets Scheme.
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.