Yes, you can remove a tree in Dandenong Council without a council permit, but under certain conditions.

Those conditions have been outlined in the Tree Preservation Order (TPO) which we have summarized below.

Under what conditions?

You can remove a tree if it is:

  • Dead
  • Dying
  • Structurally unsound
  • Proven to be causing property damage
  • Single trunked with a trunk diameter less than 400mm at 1.5m measured above the ground
  • Multi-trunked with a combined trunk diameter of less than 400mm measured at 1.5m above the ground
  • Not Individually listed on the significant tree register
  • Is not one of a group of trees listed on the significant tree register

Note: “significant tree register” means a register of trees of cultural significance to the Council, which is kept and maintained by us.

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Urban Forest Tree Repurposing Guidelines

These are guidelines put in place to ensure the controlled management of trees in the urban centers as well as the vegetation. These guidelines dictate a lot of things revolving around a tree’s life.

Based on these guidelines, sometimes trees in the urban areas may be removed when seen fit to do so. This can be a result of old age, managing risk, conflicting with infrastructure, paving the way for development or misdemeanor.

Repurposing is done to enable the use of logs and timber for furniture. It also entails the use of the remains as mulch to provide nutrients.

Electric Line Clearance Management Plan

It is a document containing guidelines on how the council should take care of energy requirements in relation to vegetation in public areas. As a result, the plan shows the guidelines to be followed in ensuring that electric lines are not affected by trees or any other vegetation.

Through this management plan, the Greater Dandenong Council can remove certain trees.

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Significant tree register

How to apply for a tree removal permit

Go to the above online form and fill it out to make a formal request for tree removal approval.

Dandanong Council contact details

Phone: 03 8571 1000

Mailing Address: PO Box 200, Dandenong, Victoria Australia 3175



Dandanong Tree Preservation order - TPO

The above is a summary of your local council’s tree preservation order. Please follow the link for the full document.

Author: Ben McInerney is a qualified arborist with over 15 years of 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 them about the benefits of using a certified arborist for tree trimming and removal work.