When do we need to consider flora and fauna?
The requirement for a Flora and Fauna report is triggered in the following circumstances, but not limited to:
- the potential, or actual clearing, of native vegetation (including native grasslands) associated with the erection of a dwelling, construction of a boundary fence or other activity being conducted, or
- development or activity that may have an impact on a threatened species, or its habitat or on an Endangered Ecological Community (EEC), or any protected native flora or fauna, or
- significant changes to the use of the land.
The requirement for the Flora and Fauna report can be avoided where the development proposal or activity is amended to remove the potential impact on present biodiversity, for example altering the boundary line so that no native vegetation removal is required to fence that boundary.
If the Flora and Fauna report demonstrates that there are no Threatened Species, Endangered Ecological Communities or their habitats on the development site or are likely to occur on the site, or impacted by the development proposal, the report must still assess the potential environmental impacts of the development as it relates to the subject property.
What guidelines does Council have for the consideration of Flora and Fauna?
Council have developed guidelines to advise when a Flora and Fauna report is required to accompany a Development Application or required for an activity pursuant to Part 4 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act.
The Guidelines specify the minimum level of information required for a Flora and Fauna report, including minimum survey effort and consideration of threatened species, and provide advice on how Council will process and assess the reports.
A copy of Councils Guidelines for Flora and Fauna Reports can be found here.