Conservation agreements as development consent conditions

The BCT offers conservation agreements associated with development where sites meet certain requirements. View the BCT's Guidelines for use of offset conservation agreements. Any landholder or developer interested in applying for a conservation agreement should contact the BCT to discus our requirements and fees.

The requirements for entering into a conservation agreement associated with development include elements such as size, biodiversity values and configuration.

The guidelines include a schedule of fees that cover processing of applications and ongoing technical support for landholders.  

The guidelines apply to local development where there are:

  • legacy conditions of consent issued before the publication of these guidelines;
  • new conditions of consent issued after the publication of these guidelines; or
  • conservation agreements that are a pre-requisite of a planning proposal.

The guidelines apply to major projects where there are:

  • legacy conditions of consent issued prior to October 2014, when the Biodiversity Offsets Policy for Major Projects was introduced.

To apply for a conservation agreement as a condition of consent, please complete and return this application form with all attachments to info@bct.nsw.gov.au 

Note: Conservation agreements can be established over the whole or part of a property but cannot be placed over multiple properties. Where multiple properties are involved separate applications for Conservation Agreements should be submitted for each property. Separate applications for Conservation Agreements should also be submitted if lots on the same property are owned by different entities.