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Flora & Fauna Assessment

Flora and Fauna Assessment

Please Note: This webpage and the Flora and Fauna Assessment Guidelines are under review in response to recent NSW Government changes to Land Management and Biodiversity Conservation Legislation. 

For further information on NSW Government Land Management and Biodiversity Reforms, please visit:

NSW Government Sustain, Invest, Protect Website

Please contact Council for further information prior to using the information below for development applications.

Guidelines & Checklist

Guidelines inform applicants, consultants, planners and landowners of Wingecarribee Shire Council’s requirements for Flora & Fauna Assessments undertaken in conjunction with planning & development proposals.


The guidelines specify the minimum level of information required for a Flora & Fauna Assessment Report and provide an overview of how Council will assess the reports.

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Standard submission requirements for Ecological Reports under the Biodiversity Conservation Act



Flora and Fauna Assessment Guidelines for Development Applications



Checklist for assessment of a Flora and Fauna Report



Legislation & Policies

It is important for applicants to ensure that a Flora & Fauna Assessment Report complies with the relevant Commonwealth, State and Local Government Legislation, as well as any State Environmental Planning Policies (SEPPs), Regional Environmental Planning Policies (REPs), Local Environment Plans (LEPs), Development Control Plans (DCPs) and any policies that Council has in place.

Development and activities that do not require consent or approval under Parts 4 or 5 of the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act 1979), but may harm or damage threatened species, populations, endangered ecological communities (EECs) or critical habitat, must be addressed under the licensing provisions of Part 6 of the Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995 (TSC Act 1995) and Fisheries Management Act 1994 (FM Act 1994).


Last Updated: September 17th, 2020
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