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DO NOT REMOVE ANY NATIVE VEGETATION WITHOUT FIRST SPEAKING TO THE ENVIRONMENT AND PLANNING DEPARTMENT AT COLAC OTWAY SHIRE The majority of the vegetation in Colac Otway Shire is protected through the Shire's Planning Scheme. That means that if you wish to clear vegetation on your property it is likely that you will be required to apply for a planning permit. If you are unsure please phone the Planning or Environment Department on 03 5232 9400 to check. There are very strict laws in place to enforce illegal vegetation removal. Applications for permits to remove native vegetation need to be completed on the standard ‘Application for a Planning Permit’ form. Planning permit forms can be obtained from the Council offices or from this website. All native vegetation removal that is located within a Vegetation Protection Overlay (VPO) under the Shires Planning Scheme must be referred to the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) for comment. If your property is in this overlay and you propose to clear a significant amount of vegetation, it is advised that you speak to a DSE representative prior to lodgement of the planning permit for advice and guidance. If the area in question is in an Erosion Management Overlay (EMO, no vegetation removal or earthworks can take place without a permit. Land within these landslip zones need to be carefully managed to reduce the risk of a landslip event occurring. If you see anybody that is undertaking vegetation removal that could be a breach of the Planning Scheme please contact the Planning or Environment Unit immediately on 03 5232 9400. The Victorian State Government has a policy for vegetation protection on private land called the Native Vegetation Framework. For more information on this document contact the The Department of Sustainability and Environment on 136 186.
 
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