If you want to remove, destroy or lop a tree on your property, you may require planning permission based on criteria such as the size and species.
To find out if you need a permit:
- check the vegetation controls on VicPlan
- contact Council's Development Planning team direct on 9457 9808 for advice.
If you want to prune a protected tree, you may require planning permission. This will depend on the extent of the live canopy you wish to prune, and if the pruning will destroy the tree.
Applying for a permit
To apply for a permit:
- take a photo of the tree(s) you wish to prune, remove or lop and sketch a basic map of where the tree is located on your property;
- complete our tree removal permit form;
- upload your photo and map; and
- pay the permit fee of $198 for tree removal or $99 for pruning.
Tree planning permit application
Assessing your application
To make a decision whether the tree can be pruned, removed or lopped, we will register and allocate your application to our arborist for assessment.
The arborist may then contact you to arrange a site visit to inspect the tree(s). The application is assessed, and a decision is made if the tree(s) are appropriate to be lopped or removed and if a permit should be granted.
Decisions are made based on:
- the health and retention value of the tree(s)
- if the tree(s) poses a risk to human life or property.
If your application is for only 1 tree, we try to provide you with a decision within 10 days of receiving your application.