The type of report required is dependent on the extent of clearing proposed and the appropriate approval pathway relevant to your proposal. In general, there are three types of ecological reports that could be required:
- Flora and Fauna Impact Assessment
- Biodiversity Development Assessment Report – Streamlined Assessment
- Biodiversity Development Assessment Report – Full Assessment
An Arboricultural Impact Assessment for canopy trees may be required in conjunction with an ecological report or as an alternative report, depending on the attributes of the property.
Council provide interactive tools to assist customers in determining whether a development application may be required and provides guidance in identifying what report may be appropriate.
If the interactive biodiversity assessment tool or the preliminary assessment tool provided by the NSW Government has identified that a BDAR is required, there are additional considerations that must be reviewed by a suitably qualified person to provide the appropriate level of assessment.
Any advice provided through the biodiversity assessment tool regarding the requirement for a BDAR should be reviewed by an Accredited Assessor listed on the public register prior the preparation of assessment reports associated with clearing.
Where a Biodiversity Development Assessment Report needs to be prepared, biodiversity offset obligations may be required as part of consent and prior to receiving a construction/subdivision certificate. Discussion with an Accredited Assessor is recommended to ensure the customer is appropriately informed of the requirements under the Biodiversity Offsets Scheme.