Apply to clear freehold land

Landholders wanting to clear more than a total of one hectare of native vegetation, including existing cleared land on their property, must lodge a development application and receive a permit before clearing.

Applications must address s46 of the Planning Act, and include information in relation to the location, extent and reason for the proposed clearing, a detailed statement describing the effect of the proposed development, and a scaled drawing of the proposed clearing area. The performance criteria for an application is specified in the Northern Territory Planning Scheme in clause 10.2 and 10.3. Also read the Land clearing guidelines (1.1 mb).

To assist you in meeting the requirements set out under s46 of the Planning Act, a Native vegetation clearing and property development plan template (1.2 mb) has been developed. For assistance in completing the template, contact Department of Environment and Natural Resources on 8999 3631.

Applications are assessed by officers with experience in the fields of soil conservation, water resources and biodiversity. If the consent authority is satisfied that the proposed development does not unreasonably contribute to environmental degradation of the locality, a permit will be issued to clear native vegetation.

Applications are lodged on the Development Applications Online section of the NT Land Information System website. For assistance with lodging an application contact Development Assessment Services on 8999 6046.

Last updated: 11 August 2017