Clearing in controlled catchments

Fact sheet
Information on when a Country Areas Water Supply Act 1947 licence is required to undertake the clearing of native vegetation.
Last updated: 19 May 2023

Clearing regulation fact sheet 8 provides guidance about clearing in controlled catchments in WA.

Until the introduction of the Environmental Protection Act 1986 (EP Act) clearing regulations in July 2004, a Country Areas Water Supply Act 1947 (CAWS Act) licence was required to clear vegetation in these catchments.

Now if a clearing permit under the EP Act has been issued, it is not necessary to obtain a licence under the CAWS Act as well, except if compensation for the refusal of a CAWS Act licence has been paid to a previous applicant.

Note though if an EP Act permit exemption applies a CAWS Act licence will still be required, unless there is a CAWS Act exemption, before native vegetation may be cleared in these catchments.

Please download the document below.