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 it to be included in our significant tree list. 

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, use our significant tree map to find out if it's already protected.

Step 2: Check the criteria

When you nominate a tree for protection, we assess it based on different factors. 

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 (tree specialists) will contact you or the property owner to arrange a time to visit the tree. The arborist will assess whether it meets the criteria to be protected. Depending on our assessment, an independent arborist may also need to inspect the tree.

Step 6: We make a formal decision

If we decide that the tree may be significant, we will make a formal decision when we next update the Significant Tree Register.  

Councillors need to approve any new trees added to the register. We update the register every 2 to 3 years.

Related information

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

You can report damage to or removal of a tree online or call (03) 9278 4888.

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