Remove a tree

Overview

If you intend to remove trees or vegetation for any purpose other than bushfire protection you must:

  1. Book an inspection with our arborist for trees further than 10 metres from your house or vegetation further than 30 metres from your house.

  2. Fill out a tree inspection form(PDF, 268KB) and pay the fee for an inspection. The fee is $213.50 for the first tree and $93 for each additional tree.

  3. You will receive a detailed report on the condition of the tree and a recommendation on any works required. You can then carry out those works without a planning permit.

Exemptions may apply when removing small trees. Contact us on 1300 368 333 for more information. 

Clearing for bushfire protection

The state government's 10/30 right allows you to clear vegetation around your home for bushfire protection without a planning permit.

All trees within 10 metres of your house and vegetation within 30 metres of your house can be removed so long as:

  • Your house was built before 10 September 2009

    or

  • A permit for its construction was issued before 10 September 2009

Removing dead trees or weeds

You do not need a permit to remove a completely dead tree. If your property is within an Erosion Management Overlay you will need to keep stumps in the ground to help with slope stability.

You do not need a permit or an inspection to remove weed species. The following trees are considered weed species:

  • American Aspen (Populus Tremuloides)
  • Apple trees - all types (Malus Species)
  • Caucasian Ash (Fraxinus Oxycarpa)
  • Cedar Wattle (Acacia Elata)
  • Cherry and plum trees - all types (Prunus Species)
  • Cootamundra Wattle (Acacia Baileyana)
  • Cotoneaster - all types (Cotoneaster)
  • Early Black Wattle (Acacia decurrens)
  • Evergreen Dogwood (Cornus Capitata)
  • Giant Honey Myrtle (Melaleuca Armillaris)
  • Hawthorn (Crataegus Monogyna)
  • Holly (Ilex Aquifolium)
  • Manna Ash (Fraxinus Ornus)
  • Monterey Pine or Radiata Pine (Pinus Radiata)
  • Sallow Wattle (Acacia Longifolia)
  • Strawberry Tree (Arbutus Unedo)
  • Sweet Pittosporum (Pittosporum Undalatum)
  • Sycamore Tree (Acer Pseudoplatanus)
  • Willow - all types (Salix Species)

Other exemptions

  • There are no tree restrictions for properties in Industrial 1 Zone unless a Heritage Overlay applies.
  • Trees within two metres of a building can be removed without a permit or inspection.
  • If a tree is not in a dangerous condition, you need a planning permit to remove it.

Trees on neighbours property

If you are concerned about a tree on a neighbours property, speak to your neighbour first before taking action.

We cannot inspect trees on your neighbour's property unless we have their written permission. Your neighbour will need to fill out and sign an assessment form.

We will send an arborist report to your neighbour and to you if they agree.

You have the right to prune an overhanging tree to the boundary fence line. You do not have the right to enter their property without permission.

More information on your rights and responsibilities is available from the Dispute Settlement Centre of Victoria.

How much vegetation can be removed along a property boundary fence?

There is a fence line clearane provision of 4 metres for fences constructed before 10 September 2009. Please check your title for any restrictions.

A maximum combined width of four metres of vegetation can be removed along an existing property boundary fence. The maximum width of four metres can be divided in any manner that the two landowners agree to. 

If there is already at least four metres of cleared land on one side of the fence, vegetation cannot be removed on the other side of the fence without a planning permit. 

The maximum width of four metres can be divided in any manner that the two landowners agree to. 

Before removing any vegetation along a boundary fence, each landowner should seek agreement from their neighbours on how much can be removed.