All of our residential areas are subject to tree protection overlays under the Banyule Planning Scheme.
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:
If you want to prune a protected tree, you may also 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.
To apply for a permit:
Tree planning permit 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:
If your application is for only 1 tree, we try to provide you with a decision within 10 days of receiving your application.
Trees and vegetation provide environmental, economic, health and community benefits, including:
Trees are an important consideration for planning assessments.
We always require information if any trees protected under any planning overlays are proposed for removal and also to be able to determine the impacts on any trees on adjoining properties that may be affected by a development proposal.
Your trees are important. Any development proposal needs to ensure there will be no adverse impacts on the trees on your property. As part of any planning proposal, we always require information from the applicant to determine the impact on your neighbours trees and ensure they will be sufficiently protected.
Disputes between neighbours regarding overhanging trees are considered civil matters and must be resolved directly between relevant parties. For further information on resolving tree disputes please visit the Dispute Settlement Centre of Victoria.
You may apply for the pruning, lopping or removal of trees on a neighbouring property, however prior permission must be sought to access a neighbour's property and to carry out any works.
If you are concerned about a neighbour's tree(s) being removed without our approval, contact us on 9457 9808 so we can investigate it.
A planning application that proposes the removing or impacting protected trees on adjoining properties requires an arborist report.
A tree protection zone (TPZ) is a fenced, circular area surrounding a tree that:
Common mistakes include:
Before starting works, you must ensure that all conditions on your permit relating to tree protection and management have been satisfied and that all required protection measures have been installed.
Tree roots that collect water and nutrients are found within the top 600mm of soil. Roots in this layer must be protected during works so they continue to grow.