Trees on private land


Most land in the City of Stonnington is privately owned private with property owners playing a vital role in maintaining and growing the urban forest.

Stonnington property owners are encouraged to plant trees in their gardens to protect and enhance biodiversity and to ensure the continued amenity of our city. Learn how to increase biodiversity by creating a wildlife haven in your backyard.

To ensure healthy, attractive trees are retained across the municipality, Council has introduced regulatory controls through provisions in the Stonnington Planning Scheme and the General Local Laws.

Protecting significant trees

Protecting trees through the Stonnington General Local Law

The City of Stonnington has a General Local Law that protects significant trees on private land. 

Under the General Local Law a Tree Works Permit is required before any works are undertaken on a tree deemed to be 'significant'.

To determine if a tree is 'significant' view page 80 of General Local Law (Part 14 - Tree Protection)(PDF, 2MB) 

Need a Tree Works Permit?  Visit the Tree Works Permit page.

Protecting trees through the Stonnington Planning Scheme

The Stonnington Planning Scheme applies tree controls over two areas within Stonnington.  Controls apply in areas:

  • SLO1 - Yarra (Birrarung) River Corridor Environs
  • NCO1 – Hedgeley Dene Precinct

In areas where tree controls exist, a planning pemit is required before completing any tree works on private land (including pruning or removal).

View maps of the areas where tree controls are in place:

Or visit the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning website.

Tree works within a tree control area 

Before starting any tree works in a specified tree control area (including tree pruning or removal) you must first obtain a planning permit.

Download Planning application to undertake tree works(PDF, 305KB)

For more information please contact the Planning Department on 8290 3329.