The Manningham City Council stands out amongst other suburbs in Melbourne because extensive areas of native bushland and exotic trees are retained within the municipality. Council is committed to preserving this special character. This includes the protection of vegetation where practical. Town Planning Permits may be required for vegetation removal. Before you undertake any vegetation and/or tree removal please contact the Statutory Planning Unit on 9840 9495 or 9840 9273 to find out if you require a planning permit.
When will I need a Planning Permit to remove, destroy or lop vegetation and/or tree(s)?
There are some overlay controls in the Manningham Planning Scheme, which may require a planning permit to be obtained to remove, destroy or lop vegetation both native and exotic as follows:
Environmental Significance Overlay Schedule 1 and 2
Vegetation Protection Overlay Schedule 1, 2, 3 and 4
Significant Landscape Overlay Schedule 1, 3, and 4
A Planning Permit is also generally required to remove destroy or lop native vegetation if the land is over 0.4 hectares (1 acre).
If any of these overlays affect your property, the planning permit application should refer to “Vegetation removal” in the proposal section.
Please Note: Exemptions do apply in certain circumstances. A planning permit is never required if the vegetation presents an immediate risk of personal injury or damage to property, although Council strongly recommends this is confirmed by an arborist in writing prior to removal. Also please refer to Council’s Information Sheet – Vegetation Management for Fire Protection for additional exemptions.