Remove a tree

Overview

Phone the Planning department on 1300 368 333 for advice if you intend to remove trees for construction or development projects. 

If you consider your tree or trees as dangerous, complete the following steps:

  1. Read through the information provided on this webpage, regarding tree removal (click on the links above, or on Next below). Check to see if the tree or trees meet any of the exemptions listed. Contact us on 1300 368 333 for more information, if required.

  2. If the tree or trees are not exempt, complete the tree inspection form online and pay the fee for an inspection. The fee is $217 for the first tree and $94.50 for each additional tree.

A qualified arborist will then inspect the tree or trees and write a report about their condition. Council will send you a copy of the report and a letter detailing any works recommended. You do not need a planning permit to complete recommended works.

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 only if your property is located in a Bushfire Prone area.

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

Check if you are in a Bushfire Prone Area

To check if your property is in a Bushfire Prone Area, visit our online mapping and follow the steps below:

Step 1   On the left under modules click Planning

Step 2  At the bottom under the map click search type in the address and then click the search box

Step 3  You will notice on the right under property details will show your property Zone, under that will way “Within Designated Bushfire Prone Area” if it shows ‘YES’ then your property is in a Bushfire Prone area

Step 4 To see what parts of your property are “within the Bushfire Prone area”, click the + next to Planning controls, under Layers on the left of the screen, then tick on the Bushfire Prone Area (pink), make sure the ‘Overlays’ is not ticked or the map will not show you the pink Bushfire Zone. You can now see in dark pink the Bushfire Prone Area.

For more information on Bushfire prone areas please visit  Building in bushfire prone areas

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 clearance 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.