So that development can contribute positively to the existing neighbourhood character and liveability of our city, all Planning Permit applications for multi-dwelling, mixed use and larger non-residential proposals require a Landscape Plan.

A Landscape Plan shows:

  • the footprint of a proposed development
  • existing vegetation to be retained
  • any existing vegetation to be removed
  • proposed vegetation to be planted
  • proposed built elements (such as pathways, driveways and courtyards).

We highly recommend that you engage a landscape architect or landscape designer to prepare your landscape plan who's familiar with our requirements and has the necessary skills in landscape design, horticulture, landscape documentation and construction practice.

We have developed guidelines with the preparation of a Landscape Plan for your Planning Permit application.

Sustainability and biodiversity

Our Environment Policy identifies that 'The City of Boroondara is committed to benefiting present and future generations through the practice of sustainability'.

Some factors to consider in the preparation of a Landscape Plan include:

  • Planning early to ensure the landscape is integrated into building and engineering design.
  • Creating a site-responsive design, for example, responding to:
    • existing soil conditions
    • slope and drainage
    • scale of surrounding buildings
    • solar exposure
    • local climate and conditions
    • views
    • existing access ways
    • links to the surrounding community
    • existing vegetation
    • cultural and heritage values.
  • Specifying sustainable or 'eco-preferable' landscape materials, including materials that are durable, sourced locally, recyclable, made from post consumer materials, refurbished or rapidly renewable.
  • Providing space on site for composting bins, recycling bins, outdoor clothes drying areas and other sustainable measures as appropriate.
  • Planting of native and indigenous Australian plants and trees to promote biodiversity and create habitat for native animals and insects.
  • Providing bird and bat nesting boxes to create urban habitat for native birds and animals.
  • Investigating opportunities for local food production, such as fruiting trees and edible gardens.
  • Protecting existing trees by ensuring paving, walls, footings and other constructed elements are not located under the tree canopy (crown dripline) where they can impact on the continued growth and health of the tree.
  • Creating safe and secure landscapes that encourage passive surveillance and maintain sight lines.
  • Providing appropriate, usable private open spaces for residents that can be easily maintained and achieve a balance of hard and soft surfaces.
  • Investigating and incorporating Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) features to be incorporated into the landscape design.
  • Creating healthy, attractive and enjoyable places that allow people to interact with each other and connect with the natural environment.

Plant schedule

All Landscape Plans need to include a plant schedule outlining proposed plants. A plant schedule documents:

  • botanical and common plant names
  • pot sizes at planting and sizes at maturity
  • quantities of each plant.

The minimum installation size of trees is a 300mm pot size, with trees visible from the street preferred to be a minimum of 2.5m tall at time of planting.

Smaller trees may be acceptable for indigenous restoration and rehabilitation planting in areas such as within biodiversity corridors.

Shrub and ground cover plants need to be at an appropriate density to discourage weeds and to ensure complete coverage of garden areas when planting is mature.

If installing a rain garden, plant species need to suit soil conditions and be able to withstand periods of soil saturation and dry conditions.

Plant schedule example

Plant type Key Botanical name Common name Mature height Mature width Planting size Pot size Qty
Trees TL

Tristanopsis laurina

Water Gum 7m 6m 2.5m min height, 100L pot 100L 1
Shrubs Cs Callistemon sieberi River Bottlebrush 2m 3m

0.8m min. height, 200mm pot

150mm 14
Shrubs Pg Pittosporum 'Green Pillar' Green Pillar Pittosporum 5m 2m 1.2m min. height, 25L pot 25:L 13
Groundcover Dt Dianella tasmanica

Flax Lily

0.6m 0.6m

150mm pot

150mm 30


Myoporum parvifolium Creeping Boobialla 0.2m 0.8m

150mm pot

150mm 34

Other considerations

  • WSUD must be designed in accordance with the requirements of the relevant water authority.
  • Consider any planning overlay restrictions that may affect landscape design requirements.
  • Address any Planning Permit conditions that relate to the landscape design.
  • Consider privacy and access to sunlight of neighbouring properties.
  • For large scale development, ensure that any additional elements proposed within open space areas (such as signs, canopies, art works, and so on) are well integrated into the landscape design, as well as the overall design of the development, including buildings.

Landscape Plan checklist

  • Provide a colour copy of the landscape plan in electronic format with the planning application.
  • Include a title block, scale and north point on the plan. The preferred scale for landscape plans is 1:100, maximum scale 1:200.
  • Indicate existing site contours and proposed contours or spot levels on plan including finished floor levels of buildings.
  • Indicate areas of cut and fill proposed. Use sections as necessary to illustrate levels.
  • Indicate on the plan any title boundaries, easements, street names, building footprint/s, walls, planter box details (including soil profile and drainage), stairs, driveways, parking areas, garden beds, lawn, WSUD infrastructure and any landscape features. Provide fence and retaining wall details including heights.
  • Show on the plan the line of overhead building canopies and basements (that extend beyond building footprint).
  • Indicate on the plan the extent and finishes (including colour) of paved pedestrian and vehicle areas.
  • Show on the plan the height and canopy spread of all existing trees to be retained or removed. Indicate by a note the botanic names of all existing trees on or adjacent to the site. Ensure that Local Laws tree protection requirements are observed (refer to the tree protection laws on Council's website).
  • Indicate by a note or detail the soil preparation methods proposed for lawn and garden areas.
  • Proposed street trees located as per Council's Tree Policy 2010 and supporting Tree Management Guidelines 2010
  • Indicate on the plan the proposed mulch type and depth (minimum acceptable depth for mulch is 75mm).
  • Have all relevant planning permit conditions been considered and met by the landscape plan.

More information

Contact Statutory Planning for general enquiries about Planning Permits.

For more information about trees in the City of Boroondara, visit our protected and significant trees page. For local flora and fauna, visit our biodiversity page.

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