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Trees and development

Bayside values its trees. Our Open Space Arborist advises on permits and we require new developments to consider street tree assets and adjust designs to accommodate. Read our guidelines for working near Council trees.

Working around Council trees

If a council tree is to be retained, tree protection must be installed around the tree(s) in front of or adjacent to any development site. The guideline for working near council trees describes the type of protection that must be established prior to any works being undertaken. This protection must be maintained from demolition until all works on site are complete (including landscaping).

Guideline for working near Council trees (PDF, 2.01MB)

Guideline for working near Council trees (DOCX, 1.12MB)

Tree removal to facilitate development

In circumstances where the development of a site can reasonably be achieved with the retention of a council tree, the tree will be retained. However, in circumstances where this is not possible and removal is approved under the policy, the applicant will be required to compensate the community for the removal of the tree.

Removal criteria

The Council may agree to the removal or replacement of a street tree to facilitate development when the following criteria are met:

  • The tree has a Safe Useful Life Expectancy (SULE) of less than 10 years (as determined by an appropriate Council officer).
  • The tree has a value of less than $30,000 (as determined by Council's approved valuation method).
  • It will be impractical to incorporate the tree into the design of the development.
  • The applicant agrees to pay the cost of removing the tree/s.
  • The applicant agrees to pay planting costs for replacement tree/s (including any applicable tree gain).
  • The applicant agrees to pay compensation for loss of amenity in the amount of the current value of the tree (as determined by Bayside's agreed valuation system).

All money collected as a result of street or park tree removals will be spent on managing and renewing Bayside's trees.