Native vegetation


In Victoria, a permit is required in order to remove, destroy or lop native vegetation. This includes native trees, shrubs, herbs and grasses. These regulations are known as the native vegetation permitted clearing regulations.

Clause 52.17 of the Horsham Planning Scheme identifies what native vegetation removal triggers a permit or what is exempt, subject to any other overlay.

A planning permit application may be required and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) has provided an applicants guide to assist.


DELWP also provides a guide to native vegetation exemptions that should be considered prior to any works. 


Horsham Rural City Council is the responsible authority for administering and enforcing the planning scheme under which native vegetation is protected. There are penalties for the illegal removal of native vegetation.

If you have questions regarding native vegetation removal please contact Council’s Town Planning Department on 5382 9777 or via email at