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The clearing provisions of the EP Act require the clearing of native vegetation to be authorised by a clearing permit, unless the clearing is subject to an exemption. Within Environmentally Sensitive Areas (ESAs) the exemptions from the requirement for a clearing permit provided through the Environmental Protection (Clearing of Native Vegetation) Regulations 2004 do not apply.
Environmentally sensitive areas (ESAs) are declared by the Minister for Environment under the Environmental Protection Act 1986 (EP Act). Further information regarding ESA's, including a link to the ESA notice, can be obtained from the following website - www.der.wa.gov.au/your-environment/environmentally-sensitive-areas
The clearing provisions of the EP Act require the clearing of native vegetation to be authorised by a clearing permit, unless the clearing is subject to an exemption.
Exemptions for clearing that is a requirement of a written law, or authorised under certain statutory processes, are contained in Schedule 6 of the EP Act. Exemptions for low impact routine land management practices are contained in the Environmental Protection (Clearing of Native Vegetation) Regulations 2004 (Clearing Regulations). The exemptions in the Clearing Regulations do not apply in Environmentally Sensitive Areas (ESA).
In assessing an application for a clearing permit, the Chief Executive Officer of the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER), or their delegate, must have regard to the ten clearing principles outlined in the EP Act. These principles broadly consider the environmental values of native vegetation, including biodiversity and conservation values, as well as any potential water quality and land degradation issues arising from clearing native vegetation.
ESA mapping and clearing permit applications can be viewed at cps.dwer.wa.gov.au.
For more information on native vegetation on your property or Clearing Permit applications please visit www.der.wa.gov.au/our-work/clearing-permits/46-clearing-permit-application-forms or contact DWER on (08) 6364 7098, or email firstname.lastname@example.org