Vegetation protection

We value our native vegetation for the important role it plays across our landscape.

In Logan, we control vegetation clearing using the Biodiversity Areas Overlay Code of the Logan Planning Scheme 2015.

The purpose of the code is to protect and enhance environmental values, including wildlife habitat and movement, biodiversity corridors and native vegetation. This includes restricting vegetation clearing in protected areas.

Protected vegetation

Protected vegetation is classified in two ways:

  • primary vegetation – this protects all native vegetation (shown as light pink on the Vegetation management areas map)
  • secondary vegetation – this protects native trees that are greater than 4m tall or with a trunk circumference of 31.5cm or greater, measured at 1.3m from the ground (shown in light green on the Vegetation management areas map).

You can find out if there is protected vegetation on your property through the Logan PD Hub:

  • search for your property
  • click on the interactive mapping tool
  • on the map list to the left of the map, expand and turn on Overlays (Part 8)
  • click on 02 Biodiversity Areas Overlay to expand this group.
  • click on OM-02 Vegetation Management Areas.

Vegetation Clearing

Queensland legislation states that:

  • clearing of vegetation means to remove, cut down, ring-bark, push over, poison or destroy vegetation in any way (this includes burning, flooding or draining). It does not include lopping a tree or damage by stock
  • lopping a tree means cutting or pruning its branches, but does not include removing its trunk and cutting or pruning its branches so severely that it is likely to die.

Exemptions to clearing vegetation

If you want to clear protected vegetation, you may need to get approval (an operational works – vegetation clearing approval).

You do not need to get approval for clearing vegetation if the vegetation complies with the exemptions outlined in the Logan Planning Scheme 2015 (Tables of assessment for the biodiversity areas overlay).

For a summary of vegetation clearing exemptions, please download Vegetation management factsheet (PDF 250 KB) or contact our team.

Lodging an application for vegetation clearing

To lodge an application to clear protected vegetation, please see Development applications, forms and lodgement.

The application must:

  • include the consent of the property owner or be lodged by the property owner
  • state the reasons for the proposed clearing
  • include a site plan with boundaries, buildings, driveways, easements, etc. and information about existing vegetation including
    • which trees will be cleared and which will remain
    • tree species and size (height, circumference 1.3m above ground, canopy spread)
    • any trees with nests, hollows or other nesting or roosting values
  • show any proposed revegetation or rehabilitation on the site.

For more information about clearing vegetation or applications to clear vegetation, please contact our team.

Environmental offsets

To find out more, please see environmental offsets.

State vegetation protection legislation

The Vegetation Management Act 1999 is state legislation that protects remnant and regrowth vegetation on freehold land and state land. It can also protect certain non-remnant vegetation on state land.

The Queensland Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy (DNRME) administers the Vegetation Management Act 1999.

To find out if you need a permit to clear state-protected remnant vegetation, please visit DNRME or call them on 13 58 34.

Relevant definitions

Definition

Description

Native habitat tree

A tree, whether dead or alive, that is indigenous to Australia, with a trunk circumference of 220cm or more measured at 1.3m above ground level, or that contains a hollow.

Native tree

A tree, whether dead or alive, that is indigenous to Australia, greater than 4m in height or with a trunk circumference of 31.5cm or greater measured at 1.3m from the ground.

Native vegetation

A bush, shrub, grass or other vascular plant, including any part of a tree, bush, shrub, grass or other vascular plant that is indigenous to Australia.

Primary vegetation management area

An area of the Biodiversity areas overlay map–OM–02.01 in which all native vegetation is protected.

Secondary vegetation management area

An area of the Biodiversity areas overlay map–OM–02.01 in which all native trees and native habitat trees are protected.

Regrowth vegetation

Vegetation that is not remnant vegetation as defined by the Queensland Government - Vegetation Management Act 1999.

Remnant vegetation

Vegetation defined as remnant vegetation by the Queensland Government - Vegetation Management Act 1999.