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Apply for a Local Law tree pruning or removal permit

    We are committed to protecting Bayside's tree canopy and removal of a tree should only be considered as a last option.

    Pruning

    In most circumstances you do not need a permit to prune a tree or vegetation on your private property. Pruning of trees are preferable to removal, where possible.

    You do not need a tree pruning permit if the works are being carried out by a qualified arborist* in line with Australian Standard 4373-2007 Pruning of Amenity Trees. Check with your arborist that the pruning required is in line with these standards before works begin and ensure that the arborist is appropriately qualified* in line with Council's requirements. 

    A Local Law permit may be required if the tree is of particular size, planting condition or significance and a qualified arborist is not doing the work.

    *Arborist must have a minimum qualification certificate IV arboriculture for pruning roots or certificate III for pruning above ground part of tree.

    Removals

      For tree removals, you will need to provide a reason and supporting evidence.

      To complete this form you will need



      Important

      You have told us your trees are protected by a planning permit, please call our planning department on (03) 9599 4666. To find out more, please read about tree or vegetation removal permits.




      Finding out if the tree is native to Australia

      If you have already obtained a quote from a tree contractor they may be able to advise you.

      You can take a sample or images to a local nursery or you could email Council and we’ll try to identify them for you.

      Please email enquiries [at] bayside.vic.gov.au (subject: Attention%20Investigations%20Arborist)  with images of the tree that show:

      • The tree;
      • Close up of leaves;
      • Flowers (if in season); and
      • Bark on trunk.

      We'll endeavour to provide you with an answer as soon as possible, but please allow for 10 business days for us to respond to your email request.




      VPO location look up

      Please enter the address where the tree is located into our interactive map.

      This map will open in a new window, so you will need to return to this form to complete your submission.

      Planning permit required

      You’ve told us that a tree/s is Australian native and in the VPO area.

      Vegetation, including trees, in the VPO area greater than 2m in height with a trunk circumference greater than 50cm at 1m above ground level are protected by the Bayside Planning Scheme.

      For Australian native vegetation in the VPO area, you will need to complete one of the following forms:

      Application for one tree

      Application for more than one tree

      And then apply online:

      Make a planning application online

      Additional resources:

      Application checklist

      Replacement planting advice

      For more advice contact the Bayside City Council Planning Department on 9599 4444.

      For any non-native trees, you can still complete the below form.

      Your contact details
      Postal address



      Files must be less than 10 MB.
      Total upload limit per form is 20 MB.
      Allowed file types: gif jpg jpeg png pdf doc docx.
      Removal permit application


      See Council’s Management of Tree Protection on Private Property Policy 2015 for requirements.







      Files must be less than 10 MB.
      Total upload limit per form is 20 MB.
      Allowed file types: gif jpg jpeg png pdf doc docx.
      Files must be less than 10 MB.
      Total upload limit per form is 20 MB.
      Allowed file types: gif jpg jpeg png pdf doc docx.
      Files must be less than 10 MB.
      Total upload limit per form is 20 MB.
      Allowed file types: gif jpg jpeg png pdf doc docx.
      Files must be less than 10 MB.
      Total upload limit per form is 20 MB.
      Allowed file types: gif jpg jpeg png pdf doc docx.
      Files must be less than 10 MB.
      Total upload limit per form is 20 MB.
      Allowed file types: gif jpg jpeg png pdf doc docx.
      Files must be less than 10 MB.
      Total upload limit per form is 20 MB.
      Allowed file types: gif jpg jpeg png pdf doc docx.

      How many trees do you need pruned and/or removed?


      ItemPrice
      Pruning for 1 tree$115.00
      Pruning for 2 trees$115.00
      Pruning for 3 trees$147.50
      Pruning for 4 trees$180.00
      Pruning for 5 trees$212.50
      Removal of 3 trees$464.00
      Removal of 4 trees$527.00
      Removal of 5 trees$590.00
      Pruning for 1 and removal of 1$401.00
      Pruning for 1 and removal of 2$433.50
      Pruning for 1 and removal of 3$496.50
      Pruning for 1 and removal of 4$559.50
      Pruning for 1 and removal of 5$622.50
      Pruning for 2 and removal of 1$433.50
      Pruning for 2 and removal of 2$466.00
      Pruning for 2 and removal of 3$529.00
      Pruning for 2 and removal of 4$592.00
      Pruning for 2 and removal of 5$655.00
      Pruning for 3 and removal of 1$466.00
      Pruning for 3 and removal of 2$498.50
      Pruning for 3 and removal of 3$561.50
      Pruning for 3 and removal of 4$624.50
      Pruning for 3 and removal of 5$687.50
      Pruning for 4 and removal of 1$498.50
      Pruning for 4 and removal of 2$531.00
      Pruning for 4 and removal of 3$594.00
      Pruning for 4 and removal of 4$657.00
      Pruning for 4 and removal of 5$720.00
      Pruning for 5 and removal of 1$531.00
      Pruning for 5 and removal of 2$563.50
      Pruning for 5 and removal of 3$626.50
      Pruning for 5 and removal of 4$689.50
      Pruning for 5 and removal of 5$752.50
      Removal of 1 tree$401.00
      Removal of 2 trees$401.00
      Credit card surcharge - 0.62%
      Total
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