Council must assess the impacts of your proposal in accordance with the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 requirements.
Development that requires clearing of native vegetation may trigger the NSW Biodiversity Offset Scheme and require the preparation of a Biodiversity Develeopment Assessment Report prepared by an accredited person.
To check if your development will trigger the Biodiversity Offset Scheme you can check the NSW Governments online tool.
The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage website provides a list of accredited persons and more information about Biodiveristy Offsetting and development.
If your development does not trigger entry into the Offset scheme but will remove or disturb native habitat (e.g. native grasses, shrubs or trees) then you may still need a Flora and Fauna assessment and Test of Significance to accompany your application.
Approval under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) may be required if clearing will impact on matters of national environmental significance such as threatened species listed under the EPBC Act.
Further details about legislation relating to threatened species and ecological communities listed under the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Act can be found at NSW Office of Environment & Heritage
Information on species and ecological communities listed under the Australian Government’s EPBC Act can be found at Australian Government Department of the Environment
For further information on Flora and Fauna Assessments call Council on 4429 3111. You will need to have your Lot and DP number available.