Yes, you can remove trees in Holdfast Bay Council suburbs, but under certain conditions.
Under what conditions?
A tree can be removed without council approval if;
- The tree has a trunk circumference of 2.0m or less measured at a point 1.0m above natural ground level
- Trees with multiple trunks, it is those with trunks with a total circumference of 2.0m or more and an average circumference of 625mm or more measured at a point 1.0m above natural ground level.
A number of tree species are exempt from regulated tree controls. Please see the tree exemption list below.
In addition to the above, there is no need to seek council approval if:
A tree that is dead
The tree is within 20 metres of a dwelling in Medium or High Bushfire Protection Areas.
The trees are located within 10 metres of an existing dwelling or existing inground- swimming pool unless it is one of the two following species of trees:
a) Agonis flexuosa (Willow Myrtle)
b) Eucalyptus (any tree of the species)
There 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.
Does my council have an exempt tree list?
Yes, see table below
Tree of Heaven
European Nettle Tree
Chinese Nettle Tree
Moreton bay fig
Norfolk Island Hibiscus
Radiata Pine / Monterey Pine
Golden Weeping Willow
Citrus × sinensis
Fraxinus angustifolia ssp.
Platanus x acerifolia
Salix X rubens
Does the Council Prune its trees?
However, this is something that happens in case the trees are intruding into private property or infrastructures.
Who is a General Manager?
When it comes to tree management, you will come across a tree manager.
It is a nominated person to be in charge of various city assets.
When applying for a tree removal permit, you have to make sure that it is in writing.
It is the work of the General Manager, City Assets to assess your application.
The General Manager, City Assets is also in charge of removing street trees when it is appropriate.
His nominated representative can also do the work.
Is it illegal to remove a tree without permit?
How to apply for a tree removal permit
Holdfast Bay City Council contact details
Holdfast Bay City Tree Preservation order - TPO
The above is a summary of your local Councils tree preservation order. Please follow the link for the full document.