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 are determined by the Pastoral Land Board under the Pastoral Land Act 1992.
Before you apply
Before you apply, you must read the NT pastoral land clearing (PLC) guidelines .
You must also read the NT planning scheme land clearing guidelines if you submit a standard application.
Read below for more information.
Types of applications
There are different types of pastoral land clearing 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 form|
|Standard||Not applicable - read below for more information||6 months||Irrigation or no irrigation||PLC guidelines||Standard form|
*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 pastoral land clearing 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.
Vary an existing permit
To vary an existing permit, fill in the application to vary a PLC permit .
If your application is for non-pastoral use (NPU) or an irrigated land use, you must also apply for:
How to apply
To apply for a permit, follow these steps:
Step 1. Discuss your proposal with the Vegetation Assessment Unit (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: 16 July 2021
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