Throughout the municipality tree lopping and removal on private property may require permission by way of a permit. The need for permission could be due to one of two reasons:
The tree protection Overlay applicable on the land; and/or
Planning history that may exist over the property (e.g. a development that was permitted and has since built)
An Overlay is a planning control that applies to a property if identified on the relevant planning maps. The type of Overlay that applies determines the applicable tree protection (e.g. individually significant; Victorian native; achieves a minimum size; or a combination of these). The list below summarizes the various names of the Overlays that apply throughout the municipality and that can outline tree permit requirements:
Should you wish to find out what planning Overlay(s) apply to a specific property within the municipality the Victorian Government department Landata have a useful website that allows for address based searching, though ensure that you obtain the Planning Property Report to review the Overlay information.
Planning history can also influence if you require a planning permit for tree works. Some of the reasons for this has to do with conditions of planning permits issued in the past or the approved plans associated with permits identifying trees for retention and protection.
It is highly recommended that you discuss your proposed tree removal or pruning works with the planning team on 9457 9808 to establish if a permit is required.