You may need a Planning Permit to remove, prune or do works near a tree, if the tree is:
- in a Significant Landscape Overlay (SLO)
- in a Vegetation Protection Overlay (VPO)
- in a Heritage Overlay (HO)
- on a property that’s over 4000 m2.
Overlays are managed by our planning scheme. If there is an overlay on a property, it means there are special features that need to be protected or managed carefully.
Visit Planning Maps Online to find overlays on your property.
Trees protected under local laws
Trees are an important part of the Boroondara landscape. We protect certain trees under our local laws because they benefit the environment, and improve our quality of life.
Protected trees in Boroondara can be one of the following:
- canopy tree
- significant tree.
Pruning trees protected under local laws
You may need a Tree Protection Local Law Permit to prune a significant tree.
You don’t need a permit to prune a canopy tree.
We recommend you use a professional arborist (tree specialist) to prune trees.
Doing works near trees protected under local laws
You may need a Tree Protection Local Law Permit if working within:
- the Tree Protection Zone (TPZ) of a significant tree
- 2 m of a canopy tree.
- filling or storage of materials and equipment (mechanical or manual methods).
Calculate the TPZ
A TPZ is an area a significant tree needs for its root system to maintain its current condition.
Calculate the TPZ on the Council Arboriculture Victoria website.
You may need a Tree Protection Local Law Permit to remove a canopy tree or significant tree.
If a tree on your neighbour’s property is causing a nuisance or damage to your property, speak to the owner first about your concerns.
You can remove branches from neighbouring trees that hang over your fence. You don’t need to get consent from your neighbour to do this.
You can only prune from your property - you can't step onto your neighbour’s property to remove branches unless you have their consent.
Learn more about managing trees on neighbouring properties.
Help and information
If you’re not sure what permit you need, or you want to ask us about a proposal, you can: