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.

Before you apply

Applications must address s46 of the Planning Act and include:

  • information about the location
  • extent and reason for the proposed clearing
  • a detailed statement describing the effect of the proposed development
  • 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.

Get the land clearing guidelines.

Land clearing guidelines PDF (3.0 MB)
Land clearing guidelines DOCX (3.5 MB)

How to apply

To apply, go to the Development Applications Online website.

For assistance with submitting an application, call Development Assessment Services on 08 8999 6046.

To help you meet the requirements set out under s46 of the Planning Act, use the native vegetation clearing and property development plan template DOCX (710.3 KB).

For help completing the template, call the Department of Environment and Natural Resources on 08 8999 3631.

How your application is assessed

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.

Last updated: 08 May 2019

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