Land clearing fact sheets and reports

For fact sheets on sensitive vegetation and vegetation management go to the Northern Territory Government website.

Northern Territory Planning Scheme

Go to Northern Territory Government website to read the complete Northern Territory Planning Scheme, or you can access relevant excerpts to land clearing below:

Land clearing resources

The following are links to relevant resources about land clearing in the Northern Territory (NT):

History of clearing controls in the NT

Native vegetation clearing has been controlled on pastoral land and within the Litchfield Shire since 1992. The NT Government introduced native vegetation clearing controls to the remaining freehold and crown land, outside of the existing planning control areas, in December 2002 through Interim Development Control Order (IDCO) No.12.

Following a two year period of consultation and development the IDCO was replaced with permanent controls under the Planning Act.

Year   

Event

1992

Clearing controls applied to the Pastoral Land Act. Pastoral Land Clearing Guidelines introduced.

1992

Clearing controls introduced to the Planning Act with the "50% rule" introduced in the Litchfield Shire Area Plan – permits required where greater than 50% of a parcel proposed to be cleared.

2002

February - Introduction of the Land Clearing Guidelines for freehold land.

2002

December – clearing controls introduced for unzoned land by Interim Development Control Order 12 – permits required to clear greater than 1 ha of native vegetation under the Planning Act.

2003

November – Clearing moratorium declared in the Daly River region affecting freehold and pastoral leases.

2004

May – "50% rule" changed to "greater than 1 ha" rule in the Litchfield Area Plan for zoned land in Litchfield Shire – permits required where more than 1 ha proposed to be cleared on a parcel.

2004

November – IDCO12 becomes permanent in the NT Planning Scheme affecting unzoned land. The Litchfield Area Plan remains current.

2006

Land Clearing Guidelines for freehold land updated.

2007

February - the NT Planning Scheme consolidatedwith clearing of native vegetation criteria applying to unzoned and zoned land across the NT.

2007

December – Daly River region clearing moratorium extended with an emphasis on water allocation planning.

2008

March – clearing moratorium in the Daly River region formalised by Interim Development Control Order 17.

2010

March – IDCO17 expires.

2010

Freehold and Pastoral Land Clearing Guidelines updated. Freehold Guidelines includes special provisions for the Daly River catchment.

Last updated: 22 May 2017