Throughout the Melbourne municipality, tree lopping and removal on private property may require permission by way of a permit.
The need for permission before removal is due to one of these two reasons:
- The tree protection Overlay applicable on the land; and/or planning history that may exist over the property (e.g. a development that was permitted and has since built).
- An Overlay is a planning control that applies to a property if identified on the relevant planning maps. The type of Overlay that applies determines the applicable tree protection (e.g. individually significant; Victorian native; achieves a minimum size; or a combination of these).
The list below summarizes the various names of the Overlays that apply throughout the municipality and that can outline tree permit requirements:
To see whether your property/ tree is in one of these overlays, please visit:
Trees in the council register are among trees that you will need a permit to remove in Banyule.
This refers to trees that have a special significance. They are mostly either exotic or native trees that are rare or their habitat has a historical or cultural significance.
How much does a tree removal permit cost in Banyule?
When making an application for a tree removal permit expect to pay an average of $198.
This will increase if the application is for DA or commercial property.
Circumstances under which the council will remove trees
Sometimes you may have the council removing trees on your behalf. The Banyule council requires you to ask for a tree to be removed if it is in a park, strip or reserve in case it:
- Poses a risk.
- Attacked by pests or diseases.
- Either dead or almost dead.
- If approved for removal as a result of planning permits.
- Branches near power lines and poses danger to the surrounding.
Trees that don't require a permit under Banyule Planning Scheme
According to the Banyule planning scheme, if you have a tree that meets the following conditions, you do not need a permit.
When removing street trees and is in accordance with Banyule Street Tree Strategy.
If the tree has a height of below 5 metres, and a trunk circumference of below 0.5metres at 1metre height from the ground level.
To remove trees to prevent danger posed when they are close to telephone lines, pipelines, electricity, and other cables.
How to apply for a tree removal permit
Banyule Tree Preservation order - TPO
The above is a summary of your local Councils tree preservation order. Please follow the link for the full document.