If you think a tree should be recognised for its outstanding qualities - whether it's in your garden, someone else's garden, on a naturestrip, or in a public park - you can nominate for it to be included in our significant tree list - see Find out if a tree is protected.

Boroondara’s many significant trees enhance the character and amenity of our City, and represent important cultural and ecological values in an urban context.

Once a tree is considered significant, you need to apply for a Tree Protection Local Law Permit to remove, prune, or carry out works near the tree.

Follow these steps to nominate a tree.

Step 1: Check whether the tree is already protected

Before you nominate a tree for additional protection, find out if it's already protected.

Step 2: Check the criteria

When you nominate a tree for protection, we assess it based on several factors, which are detailed in our Significant Tree Study.

The main factors are:

  • age and aesthetic significance
  • height, trunk circumference and canopy spread
  • associations to historic events, public figures, ethnic groups
  • its unique location or context
  • how rare it is, or if it has important genetic significance
  • its religious, symbolic or spiritual associations.

If you think the tree will fit one or more of the criteria, continue to the next step.

Step 3: Inform the property owner

If you're nominating a tree on a private property, let the property owner know that you're nominating their tree. You need to include their name and contact information on the nomination form.

Step 4: Submit your nomination

One of our arborists will contact you or the property owner to arrange a time to visit the tree, and assess whether it meets the criteria to be protected. Depending on our assessment, the tree may also need to be inspected by an independent arborist.

Step 6: Council decision

If we decide that the tree may be significant, it will be formally considered when the register is next updated.

Additions to the Significant Tree Register are carried out as required, but it may be 2 to 3 years between additions. These require endorsement at a Council meeting, and tree owners have the right to object to their tree being listed.

Related information

You need a Tree Local Law Protection Permit if you want to remove, prune or do works around a significant tree.

You can report damage to or removal of a tree online or call 9278 4888.

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