You need to apply for a Tree Protection Local Law Permit for a significant tree, if you are: 

You need to apply for a Tree Protection Local Law Permit for a canopy tree, if you are: 

  • removing it 
  • working within 2 m of it. 

Documents required for application 

The documents you need to provide with your application may vary depending on the works you are proposing.

Prune a significant tree 

To prune a significant tree, you will need to provide:

  • a site plan or aerial image showing the location of the tree
  • a quote of pruning works from an experienced arborist, or photos of the proposed pruning.

Remove a significant or canopy tree

You will need to provide a site plan or aerial image showing the location of the tree.

You may also need to include the following: 

  • photo evidence of the property damage caused by the tree
  • a report from a structural engineer who has assessed the damage to the building foundations
  • building plans if you’re proposing any new buildings or an extension. 

Works within 2 m of a canopy tree 

To carry out works within 2 m of a canopy tree, you will need to provide:

  • a site plan or aerial image showing the location of the tree
  • plans of the proposed works near the tree 
  • details of why the works are required.

Works within the TPZ of a significant tree 

To complete works within the TPZ of a significant tree, you will need to provide: 

  • a site plan or aerial image showing the location of the tree
  • plans of the proposed works near the tree
  • details of why the works are required
  • building plans if you’re proposing any new buildings or an extension. 

Permit fees

Planned works Fees
Prune a significant tree $42.50 per tree
Remove a canopy or significant tree $85.00 per tree
Works within 2 m of a canopy tree  $85.00 per tree
Works within the TPZ of a significant tree $85.00 per tree

How to apply

You can apply for a Tree Protection Local Law Permit online. 

Apply for a Tree Protection Local Law Permit

After you apply 

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we can't meet with you during the tree inspection. If you'd like to talk to us about your application, you can contact us on 9278 4888, or [email protected]

A qualified arborist (tree specialist) will visit your property to inspect your tree. 

If there are any access restrictions to your property, such as a locked gate or dog, please include this on the application form. We will contact you to arrange an inspection time. 

If there are no access restrictions to your property, we will visit your property when an arborist is next available. 

We will aim issue a decision within 10 business days of you applying, unless we need more information. 

We will send the application decision by email or post. Permits are valid for 12 months but can be issued for longer if needed. 

Tree assessment 

In assessing your application, we consider whether the tree:

  • has aesthetic, cultural, historic or ecological value
  • is listed on the Boroondara Significant Tree Register
  • is in good condition (for example, the health and structural integrity)
  • is in a suitable location in relation to existing buildings and conditions on the property
  • is causing property damage
  • if there are any suitable remediation or repair options that would enable the tree to remain
  • is causing a nuisance to public land or private property owners
  • is recognised as a weed in Boroondara
  • falls within special planning overlays
  • may be impacted by proposed developments 
  • is affected by other legislative requirements.

Permit conditions 

If a permit is issued you must complete works within the timeframe specified on the permit. 

You may also need to comply with special conditions, such as:

  • replacing trees that have been removed
  • doing remediation works to existing trees
  • protecting trees close to building works.

We do follow-up inspections to make sure you’re following permit conditions.

To extend a permit: 

There is no fee to apply for an extension. 

Appeal a decision

If we refuse your application, you can apply for a review with us within 60 days from the date of the decision. To appeal a Tree Protection Local Law decision you must provide new evidence or supporting information that was not provided during the Tree Protection Local Law Permit application.

Make sure you include the following in your appeal:  

  • your reasons for applying for a review
  • new or supporting evidence that you didn’t include in your first application - for example, a report from a structural engineer, licensed plumber; or site and building plans for a proposed new development.

If your supporting information is not ready within the 60 days, you can submit an appeal without it. Make sure you include how much extra time you need and we can place your appeal on hold until you send us the information needed. 

Requests that ask for more than 30 days will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 

When the supporting evidence is ready, email it to [email protected], and quote your Tree Protection Local Law Permit application number. 

Your appeal will be considered by a Senior Officer who has had no previous involvement in your application.

How to submit an appeal

You can submit an appeal online. 

Appeal Tree Protection Local Law decision

After you submit an appeal

After you submit your appeal, a Senior Officer will review your submission and original application. If there is information missing, they may request additional information to support your appeal. Your appeal may also be referred to another arborist for review. 

We follow a detailed appeal process and carefully assess all of the information you have submitted. As a result, it may take us between 2 to 3 months to complete our assessment. If there is information missing, it may take longer.

Once the appeal has been decided we will contact you with the outcome. 

More information

For enquiries about trees on private property, contact Strategic and Statutory Planning on 9278 4888 or [email protected]

For enquiries about council-managed trees (for example a tree on a nature strip or in a park), contact Open Spaces on 9278 8888.

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