What is a Biodiversity Assessment Report?

Do I need to provide this document with my planning permit application?

Yes - If your land size is over 4000 square metres and you are proposing to remove native vegetation, you will need to apply for a planning permit and you will need to provide the information as specified below.

No - If your land size is under 4000 square metres you will not be required to provide the information as specified below.

 

What is a Biodiversity Assessment Report?

Council strongly recommends that you engage a qualified Ecological Consultant to undertake this work.

This application should address the State Permitted Clearing of Native Vegetation – Biodiversity Assessment Guidelines and use the Native Vegetation Information Management (NVIM) tool available at https://nvim.delwp.vic.gov.au/Biodiversity.

It will need to comply with the following General application requirements:

  • The location of the native vegetation to be removed.
  • A description of the native vegetation to be removed, including the area of the patch of native vegetation and/or the number of any scattered trees to be removed.
  • Maps or plans containing information set out in the Permitted Clearing of Native Vegetation – Biodiversity Assessment Guidelines
  • Recent dated photographs of the native vegetation to be removed.
  • Topographic information, highlighting ridges, crests and hilltops, streams and waterways, slopes of more than 20%, drainage lines, low lying areas, saline discharge areas and areas of existing erosion.
  • A copy of any approved property vegetation plan that applies to the site.
  • Where the removal, destruction or lopping of vegetation is to create defendable space, a statement explaining why removal, destruction or lopping of native vegetation is required having regard to other available bushfire risk mitigation measures. This does not apply to the creation of defendable space in conjunction with an application under the Bushfire Management Overlay.
  • Details of any other native vegetation that was permitted to be removed on the same property with the same ownership in the five year period before this application for a permit to remove native vegetation is lodged.
  • The strategic biodiversity score of the native vegetation to be removed.
  • The offset requirement if the native vegetation is permitted to be removed.
  • A written statement which explains how the proposal responds to Native Vegetation Precinct Plan (Clause 52.16-6).

If this application is in the moderate or high risk-based pathway, it must also comply with the following requirements:

  • A habitat hectare assessment of the native vegetation to be removed
  • A statement outlining what steps have been taken to minimize the impacts of the removal of native vegetation on biodiversity
  • An offset strategy that details how a compliant offset will be secured to offset the biodiversity impacts of the removal of native vegetation.