Native Vegetation


Bush track

Before lodging your Development Application (DA) you will need to find out if your proposed development is likely to affect trees, native vegetation or sensitive environmental areas.

Search the planning rules for your property

Under part 5.9 of the Warringah Local Environment Plan (LEP) 2011  Development Consent or permit from Council is required to remove trees and native vegetation. The clearing of native vegetation without Council approval for any purpose (including for the purposes of bushfire Asset Protection Zones) is illegal. There are substantial penalties and criminal convictions. Part E of Warringah Development Control Plan (DCP) also relates to native vegetation.

If your property is within Deferred Lands (within the B2 Oxford Falls Valley and C8 Belrose North localities) the relevant clauses are within LEP 2000, specifically clauses 56, 58 and Schedule 6.

You may have to provide additional information so we can be sure that the impact on native vegetation and biodiversity is acceptable. Your proposal will be assessed on its site specific merits.

Is the property located on land that:

  • contains native vegetation and/or
  • contains remnant native trees and/or
  • is adjacent to a native vegetation area and/or
  • contains sensitive environmental areas - such as riparian areas, wetlands or swamps, rocky outcrops, woody debris, hollow bearing trees, caves, cliffs - and will directly or indirectly impact on these areas, vegetation or natural features of the site?

Information that may be required:

  • Fauna and Flora Assessment Report and/or
  • Biodiversity Management Plan

The links and guidelines (located on the right) will help you prepare your information. If you prepare your reports in accordance with Council’s guidelines it will make it easier and quicker for us to assess your DA.

In addition to Council’s requirements, you may require further approvals and permits under NSW State and Commonwealth legislation including (but not limited to) the NSW Fisheries Management Act 1994, NSW Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995 and Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (1999). 

Natural Environment Flowchart for DAs

We’ve created a flowchart (located on the right) showing you the Natural Environment Requirements for Development Applications.