Biodiversity Reforms and new Vegetation SEPP

Oct 10, 2017 Other, Planning News

The NSW Government has recently introduced a new suite of  Land Management and Biodiversity Conservation reforms which create a framework for the regulation of native vegetation clearing in NSW.

A component of the reforms is a new State Environmental Planning Policy (Vegetation in Non-Rural Areas) 2017 applying throughout metropolitan Sydney from 25 August 2017.

The SEPP has repealed tree preservation clauses in Mosman Local Environmental Plan 2012 (clauses 5.9 and 5.9AA) and will now regulate the process for tree removal, pruning and the like that does not require development consent, but for which a permit from Council is required. Council’s forms and policies will be updated to reflect this change.