Vegetation conservation notices (VCN)

Fact sheet
Information about vegetation conservation notices for unlawful clearing.
Last updated: 19 May 2023

Clearing regulation fact sheet 17 provides information about vegetation conservation notices (VCNs).

A vegetation conservation notice is a statutory notice given under s 70 of the Environmental Protection Act 1986 when the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Department of Water and Environment Regulation suspects on reasonable grounds that unlawful clearing of native vegetation is likely to take place, is taking place, or has taken place on the land.

Clearing is unlawful if it is undertaken without the authority of a clearing permit or an exemption.