You should check the significant tree register before you begin works, pruning or remove a protected tree as you may need a permit.

What is a protected tree

Protected trees can be one of the following:

Why trees are protected

Trees are a major part of the Boroondara landscape. They offer us many benefits, such as helping to cool air temperatures in hot weather, increasing property values, providing privacy and contributing to biodiversity.

When you will need a permit

Pruning or removing a protected tree

Trees on private property may be protected, meaning you will need a permit before removing a tree or carrying out works near a tree or in some cases to prune protected trees.

Before you begin any works

Before you do any works within 2m of a canopy or significant tree on private land, or works that could damage the tree, you need to obtain a Local Laws permit. This is in addition to any Planning Permit or Building Permit that may be required.

To apply, see remove, prune or carry out works near a tree.

Canopy trees

These are trees on private land that contribute to the municipality's biodiversity, shade and privacy. These trees are protected by the Tree Protection Local Law.

Canopy trees have a circumference of:

  • 110cm or more, measured at 1.5m above ground level; or
  • 150cm or more at ground level.

If the tree has multiple stems, the circumference is the total of the stems.

Significant trees

These are outstanding trees that receive a higher level of protection because of their impressive size, age, rarity, ecological value, or cultural and historical significance. A significant tree can be a single tree, an avenue of trees or a hedge and may be on private property or public land.

  • Significant trees on private land receive extra protection under the Tree Protection Local Law.
  • Many trees on public land are also listed as significant trees and most of these are on Council-managed land.

If you are aware of an outstanding tree on public or private land that might qualify as a Significant Tree, you can nominate a tree for recognition and protection.

Significant tree register

The specific details of each tree are called citations on the Significant Tree Register. These include the tree’s

  • location
  • age
  • measurements
  • reason for significance.

Citations for trees are contained within the Significant Tree Study, conducted to identify Significant Trees across Boroondara, and includes updates conducted in 2015 and 2019.

Significant tree study

This report details the:

  • location of significant trees on private land in Boroondara as of 2019
  • criteria for how these trees are protected as 'significant trees' under the Tree Protection Local Law

Some trees have been marked as removed or no longer significant within the following report.

Significant Tree Study, updated for December 2019

Contact details

For enquiries about trees on private property, phone Statutory Planning at 9278 4888.

For enquiries about Council-managed trees (for example a tree on a nature-strip or in a park), phone Parks and Gardens at 9278 4745.

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