Native vegetation

If you intend to remove native vegetation on your property, you will probably need to apply for a permit from Council.

Native vegetation includes trees, shrubs, herbs and grasses that are local to Victoria and Australia. It can range from farmland with scattered paddock trees, to bushland or treeless areas of scrub or grassland.

In fact, some of the most rare or threatened vegetation types do not include trees at all, such as native grasslands, wetlands and alpine regions.   

In Victoria, native vegetation removal is regulated through the state and local planning system. 

Please read the Tree Protection Guidelines(DOCX, 4MB) Tree Protection Guidelines(PDF, 1MB) to provide you with the requirements for the removal and protection of trees.

Permits may be required

You will generally need a permit to remove, lop, prune or destroy native vegetation.

Our Natural Resources Officer can help you determine if you need a permit, what to include in your application and if we need to visit your property. Contact us on (03) 5422 0333.

Permit exemptions may apply

You may not need a permit if you are removing native vegetation to reduce bushfire hazards.

Changes to planning controls following the February 2009 Black Saturday bushfires include new native vegetation removal exemptions that allow landowners to remove native vegetation around existing homes for fire protection, where the risk of bushfire exists and the intention is to reduce fuel load.

For more information on native vegetation removal and permit requirements, contact us on (03) 5422 0333.