Clearing of native vegetation on pastoral land
You must have consent to clear native vegetation on pastoral land in the Northern Territory (NT).
Applications for pastoral land clearing (PLC) are determined by the Pastoral Land Board under the Pastoral Land Act 1992.
Before you apply
Before you apply, you must read the:
- NT PLC guidelines
- NT planning scheme land clearing guidelines (if you submit a standard application).
You must also calculate your estimated greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. If it exceeds 500,000 tCO2e, you must have a greenhouse gas abatement plan as part of your application.
For information on how to calculate your GHG emissions, get the spatial data package on the NTG Open Data Portal.
To apply, read the information below.
Types of applications
There are different types of PLC applications. Each application type is based on the level of environmental complexity. It also takes into account the:
- size of the proposed clearing and
- technical criteria the application must meet.
Before you apply, you should contact the Vegetation Assessment Unit (VAU) who can assist you.
|Application type||Maximum area of application (ha)||Duration of assessment process*||Irrigation options||Assessment criteria||Application|
|Simplified||Less than 1,000 ha||6 weeks||No irrigation||Schedule one in the PLC guidelines||Simplified application|
|Standard||Not applicable - read below for more information||6 months||Irrigation or no irrigation||PLC guidelines||Standard application|
*Timeframes don't apply to applications referred under the Environment Protection Act 2019.
If you need to submit a simplified application, you should read the simplified PLC applications policy.
While there is currently no size restriction for a standard application, if your proposal exceeds 5,000 hectares, it will be referred to the NT Environment Protection Authority.
If you need to vary an existing permit or extend the clearing period, fill in the relevant form below.
Vary an existing permit
Fill in the application to vary a PLC permit .
Extend clearing period
If your application is for non-pastoral use (NPU) or an irrigated land use, you must also apply for:
If your proposal requires a number of different environmental approvals, read the timeframes for WEL, PLC and NPU flowchart .
You can also contact the Development Coordination Branch.
How to apply
To apply for a permit, follow these steps:
Step 1. Discuss your proposal with the VAU.
Step 2. Prepare a land type map - this will require a field survey.
Step 3. Prepare a land capability assessment or a land suitability assessment.
Step 4. Prepare the proposed clearing plan and spatial data.
Step 5. Fill in the relevant application.
Step 6. Fill in the lessee authorisation form .
Step 7. Prepare any other supporting information.
Step 8. Submit your application, attachments and spatial data through the Development Applications Online website.
Step 9. Pay the fee and forward confirmation of payment to the VAU.
Last updated: 06 September 2022
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