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Tree removal Kingston Council - Regulations & Permits
Updated: 16 September 2020
Tree removal in Kingston VIC is regulated by the council to maintain the current canopy cover of large trees in the region. They have some easy to follow rules so you can quickly identify if your tree needs a permit to remove or if you can just go ahead.
See below for details
Can I remove a tree in Kingston Council without a permit?
You can remove a tree in the Kingston Council area without a permit if your tree meets the following exemption criteria.
You can remove a tree if it is:
– Structurally unsound
– A trunk circumference smaller than 110 centimeters measured at its base; or a multi-stemmed tree where the circumference of its exterior stems measured at its base equals or is less than 110 centimeters
Note: “significant tree register” means a register of trees of cultural significance to the Council, which is kept and maintained by the council.
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Significant tree register Kingston
Please follow this link to go to the significant tree register. Your tree may be listed and protected.
We do our best to keep accurate and up to date information on council policy regarding tree trimming and removal. Councils can change their policy without notice, and we may also make errors, so I recommend using the information on this page as a guide. Please refer to your local council TPO or speak with a local arborist before proceeding.
These are trees that can be removed no matter what their size or condition as they are considered a pest by your local council. The above listed conditions do not apply.
Yes, see table below
How to apply for a tree removal permit in Kingston
Go to the above online form and fill it out to make a formal request for tree removal approval.
Permit application process
When making the application, the details should be clearly indicated. Details of the tree to be removed/pruned and location among others.
A fee will be charged per tree and must accompany the permit application. The permit fee is $102 per tree.
However, people who are pensioners with concession cards or any veteran will be exempted from the fee.
Written consent from the property owner should also accompany the permit application.
Owner’s consent form- https://www.kingston.vic.gov.au/owners-consent-for-tree-removal.pdf
Once the permit application has been received, the council will go through it, inspect the trees, and issue an approval notice. In some cases, the council may request you to provide more information or a report from an independent arborist.
Is it illegal to remove protected trees without a permit?
Yes. Any removal of protected trees without the necessary permit from the Kingston council is considered an offense. Anyone found guilty of this offense may serve a jail term, pay a fine, replace a tree, or do both.
Street tree pruning program
This is a program by the Kingston council to prune street trees at the right time. It is a cycle that runs every two years.
However, apart from this program, once can request the council to maintain trees. https://online.kingston.vic.gov.au/ePathway/maintain/
Requesting a street tree pruning
Residents of Kingston council are allowed to request a street tree, if you are living in a strip where there are no trees or need for addition. The council will review your application or request and respond. If the tree request is approved, then the planting will be done on its annual plantings which happen in May and June.
Requesting for street tree removal
Yes. The council of Kingston can remove a street tree but in rare cases where there is no other solution available this include;
- A dead tree
- A dying tree
- A dangerous tree
- A tree causing damages to infrastructure such as power lines
- An undesired species of tree.
Electrical line clearance management plan
It is a plan by the Kingston council that shows how work should be done to clear the way for electrical lines. The plan contains details of areas where there is a need for clearance, maps, work to be done, alternative options among other details.
Kingston Council Nature strips
Nature strips are an important part of tree cover in Kingston council. As a result, they are protected due to their environmental and economic benefits.
However, the council does not maintain or renovate nature-strips unless in cases where they are considered a threat or become a hazard to the public or property.
Kingston Council free trees
It is an initiative by the council to encourage more tree cover. As a result, the council provides the people with a free tree to plant in their areas. However, the council has a specific type of tree that should be planted.
It also contains details of how the trees should be planted and taken care of.
Kingston City Council contact details
Kingston City Council Tree Preservation order - TPO
The above is a summary of your local Councils tree preservation order. Please follow the link for the full document.
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Author: Ben McInerney is a qualified arborist with over 15 years industry experience. He uses his in-depth knowledge of the tree service industry to give readers to most accurate information on tree service costs and helps to educate about the benefits of using a certified arborist for tree trimming and removal work.
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