A permit is required to prune or remove a significant tree or palm under Community Amenity Local Law No.1 Clause 44.
A significant tree permit is required in addition to any planning permit required by the Port Phillip Planning Scheme.
Exemptions: Some pruning and tree removal maybe exempt from obtaining a permit. Please refer to the
Fact Sheet - Significant Trees, and contact Development Permits (see below) if further clarification is required.
Applications take 10 business days to assess provided no further information or changes are required. Works must not commence without a permit.
Definition of a Significant Tree
A Significant Tree means a tree or palm on private land:
To determine if a planning permit is required for the removal of vegetation from your land:
With a trunk circumference of 150 centimetres or greater measured 1 metre from the base;
A multi-stemmed tree on private land where the circumference of its exterior stems equals or is greater than 1.5 metres when measured 1 metre from its base; or
If the tree has been removed a trunk circumference of 150 centimetres or greater measured at its base.
A permit is required to:
Destroy, damage or remove or allow to be destroyed, damaged or removed; or
Cut, trim, lop or prune or allow to be cut, trimmed, lopped or pruned, a significant tree or palm.