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Vehicle track: maintain or establish a track

Can I clear native vegetation to maintain or establish a vehicle track?

You can clear vegetation to maintain or establish a vehicle track to provide access.

What can I clear?

You can clear vegetation to maintain or establish a vehicle track:

  • that is reasonably required to provide access

  • that is no more than 5 metres wide for vehicles that have at least 4 wheels

  • that is limited to the extent reasonably required to achieve the purpose for which the track is required

  • when there is no other practical alternative to the position of the track that would involve no clearance or where the vegetation is less significant or more degraded.

For further information, see the Fact Sheet on Vehicle Tracks.

Does this include land under Heritage or Management Agreement?

Yes you can clear for this purpose on Heritage Agreement or Management Agreement land but only to maintain an existing vehicle track (not to establish a track).

Do I need approval?

No formal Native Vegetation Council approval is required, however you do need to notify us prior to establishing a new vehicle track to confirm it meets the Regulation.

What do I have to do?

  • Self-assess that your clearing is within the parameters of this activity

  • Consider if there are other practical alternatives to clearing, including positioning a new track so that it involves no clearing, or clearing vegetation that is less significant or more degraded

  • Notify the Native Vegetation Council by filling out the online notification prior to clearing with the following details (a formal record of the notification will be provided to you):

    • applicant/landowner information

    • property details (section/hundred, allotment/plan)

    • reason for clearance and how other alternatives for less or no clearance have been considered

    • map of clearance area/photographs

    • description of vegetation

    • written permission of the landowner if you are acting on behalf of the landowner for any clearance activity.


You are not permitted to clear for this activity if you are:

What if my activity doesn't fit this description?

If your proposed clearance does not meet the requirements of this regulation, or another regulation, you can submit a clearance application under Section 28 of the Native Vegetation Act 1991.


Native Vegetation Branch.