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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

    Supporting documentation

    Due to technical difficulties, we are currently unable to accept documents via this form.

    Please email your supporting documentation to apinvestigations@bayside.vic.gov.au.

    Information that will be required includes:

    • A diagram showing the location of the tree/s proposed for pruning/removal in relation to key features such as house/garage/driveway etc.
    • Owner consent form if you are not the owner of the property.

    Depending on the reason for your application you may choose to submit one or more of the following:

    Is there a planning permit attached to the property that includes tree protection?

    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.

    Are any of the trees native to Australia?
    Is the tree/s within the VPO area?

    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@bayside.vic.gov.au 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.

    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.

    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.

    Your contact details
    Postal address
    Is an appointment required for access to the tree?

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

    Removal permit application
    Is the person making this application the owner of the property where the tree is located
    See Council’s Management of Tree Protection on Private Property Policy 2015 for requirements. 
    Reason for application

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Pruning for 1 tree
    Pruning for 2 trees
    Pruning for 3 trees
    Pruning for 4 trees
    Pruning for 5 trees
    Removal of 1 tree
    Removal of 2 trees
    Removal of 3 trees
    Removal of 4 trees
    Removal of 5 trees
    Pruning for 1 and removal of 1
    Pruning for 1 and removal of 2
    Pruning for 1 and removal of 3
    Pruning for 1 and removal of 4
    Pruning for 1 and removal of 5
    Pruning for 2 and removal of 1
    Pruning for 2 and removal of 2
    Pruning for 2 and removal of 3
    Pruning for 2 and removal of 4
    Pruning for 2 and removal of 5
    Pruning for 3 and removal of 1
    Pruning for 3 and removal of 2
    Pruning for 3 and removal of 3
    Pruning for 3 and removal of 4
    Pruning for 3 and removal of 5
    Pruning for 4 and removal of 1
    Pruning for 4 and removal of 2
    Pruning for 4 and removal of 3
    Pruning for 4 and removal of 4
    Pruning for 4 and removal of 5
    Pruning for 5 and removal of 1
    Pruning for 5 and removal of 2
    Pruning for 5 and removal of 3
    Pruning for 5 and removal of 4
    Pruning for 5 and removal of 5
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