Removing trees on your private property
In many cases, you will need a planning permit to remove native trees, shrubs, herbs and grasses, so you should first check with our Planning Department by calling 9217 2236.
The Whittlesea Planning Scheme contains a number of exemptions where you don’t need a permit, for example, to remove:
- vegetation around your rural property for protection from bushfire
- previously planted (rather than native) vegetation
Our staff can advise you to what extent these and other exemptions relate to your land.
Culturally significant trees
In many areas of cultural heritage significance, such as areas or sites affected by a Heritage Overlay, you may need a planning permit to remove any non-native vegetation such as exotic garden trees.
Tree removal due to development
All Victorian planning schemes require that native vegetation removal is avoided wherever possible.
If removal cannot be avoided, the removal should be minimised through suitable planning and design.
Vegetation losses that are unavoidable may need to be offset with net gains or placement elsewhere.