Clearance applications

You must apply for approval before performing any activity that could cause substantial damage to native plants. This also applies to dead trees that may provide habitat for animals.

These activities include but are not limited to:

  • the cutting down, destruction or removal of whole plants
  • the removal of branches, limbs, stems or trunks (including brushcutting and woodcutting)
  • burning
  • poisoning
  • slashing of understorey
  • drainage and reclamation of wetlands
  • grazing by animals (in some circumstances).

This applies to all naturally occurring native vegetation on public and private land throughout South Australia, with the exception of some areas of metropolitan Adelaide (see our maps to find out if your area is exempt).

Application forms

Note - Even if the Native Vegetation Council approves your clearance application you may still have to apply to your local council or other relevant organisation for additional approvals.

Application to clear native vegetation

If your clearance is in relation to clearing native vegetation you will need to use the following forms and guides:

Application to clear native vegetation to building a house or other related construction

If your clearance is in relation to building a house or other related construction you will need to use the following forms and guides:

All other applications

Please go to our clearing and offsetting page to find information and application forms relevant to the activity you are undertaking.

Submit your applications

Send your completed clearance application, including all required attachments, to:

Native Vegetation Council
GPO Box 1047
Adelaide SA 5001

Further information

For further assistance with your clearance application and native vegetation management plans, including ones that have been submitted and are awaiting approval, contact DEWNR's Native Vegetation and Biodiversity Management Unit on (+61 8) 8303 9777 or nvc@sa.gov.au.