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A permit is required for the grazing of livestock on roadsides.

Individual conditions are issued with every permit. Conditions include requirements informed by Council’s Roadside Management Strategy to protect significant habitats and reduce the spread of noxious weeds.

A permit application fee applies. Payment of cash, cheque or credit card can be made in person at Council Offices, or by mailing a Cheque or Money Order to the Rural City of Wangaratta, PO Box 238 Wangaratta 3676. Credit card payments may also be made via phone to our Customer Services team on (03) 5722 0888.

Download the application form here, or call our Community Compliance Unit on 5722 0888 if you would like to discuss Livestock Grazing Requirements in our municipality.


Droving of Livestock

A number of farmers in the Rural City of Wangaratta drove livestock at various parts of the year. 

Residents are urged to contact Council prior to droving livestock to ensure the area they are wanting to drove is suitable.  For further information on droving livestock please contact Council's Community Compliance Officer on (03) 5722 0888 or email

Movement of Livestock

Movement of livestock does using the road reserve does not require a permit when it is done in daylight hours (and at not less than one km/hr). Movement of livestock means moving stock between adjoining or adjacent properties. While a permit is not required, anyone moving livestock must adhere to the requirements of Local Law Policy LLP30 - Movement of Livestock. 

It is also recommended you read the VicRoads Manual for Traffic Control at Stock Crossings, which provides guidance about the correct signage.


Weed Control Activities

Council Disclaimer: 

Council undertakes an annual control program for all regionally prohibited and regionally controlled (noxious) weeds to meet our responsibilities as identified by the Catchment and Land Protection (CALP) Act 1994. The Roadside Weed and Pest Program (RWPP) works to protect native vegetation and neighbouring primary production from noxious weeds and to prevent fruit fly by controlling fruit trees on roadsides. Council also undertakes roadside vegetation control to maintain assets including roads, drains and posts, to provide a clear view zone and to maintain fuel reduced corridors as part of the Fire Prevention Strategy of the Municipality.

Management methods for the control of vegetation include slashing and the use of chemical herbicides to kill vegetation growing on the roadside. The Roadside Conservation Management Plan and the Roadside Weed and Rabbit Control Plan (available on the RCoW website) guide these programs. Weed spraying is conducted in accordance with the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Control of Use) Act 1992. The majority of weed control work happens between September and January. As some chemicals used in the program may have a stock withholding period, grazing on roadsides must be undertaken at the grazier's risk.

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