Apply to clear pastoral land

You must have consent to clear native vegetation on pastoral land in the Northern Territory (NT).

Applications are determined by the Pastoral Land Board (PLB) in line with the Pastoral Land Act 1992.

Check if you need a permit

You must apply for a permit unless your reason for clearing pastoral land is exempt under the NT pastoral land clearing guidelines PDF (186.1 KB).

The guidelines explain:

  • when you need a permit
  • what the application process involves
  • matters the PLB must consider when determining your application.

You should also read the NT Planning Scheme land clearing guidelines PDF (3.0 MB).

These guidelines explain what natural resource  considerations you need to address in your application.

Contact the Land Development Coordination (LDC) Branch if you are unsure whether you need a permit.

How to apply

To apply for a pastoral land clearing permit, follow these steps:

Step 1. Discuss your proposed works with the LDC Branch.

Step 2. Fill in the application to clear pastoral land DOCX (537.8 KB) and the owner/s authorisation form DOCX (61.0 KB).

Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Step 3. Attach your supporting documents.

Step 4. Submit your application, supporting documents and spatial data (eg. shapefiles of the proposed clearing footprint ) to the LDC Branch for pre-lodgement review.

Step 5. When you receive confirmation that your application is ready to be formally lodged, pay the fee and forward confirmation of payment to the LDC Branch.

The LDC Branch is responsible for coordinating the application assessment process on behalf of the PLB.

The steps in the application assessment process are outlined in the pastoral land clearing application assessment process flowchart PDF (200.7 KB).

Apply for a permit variation

You may be able to apply for a variation to an existing pastoral land clearing permit if the:

  • permit has not expired and
  • parts of the permitted clearing area you wish to change have not been cleared.

You should contact the LDC Branch for advice before you apply.

To apply for a variation, fill in the application to vary a pastoral land clearing permit document DOCX (519.0 KB).

Incomplete applications will not be accepted.


For more information about pastoral land clearing permits, contact the LDC Branch by calling 08 8999 4454 or emailing

Last updated: 08 May 2020

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