How to apply for a Tree Works Permit
Prepare your documents
To help us assess your application, have the following documents ready:
- map showing the tree's location on the property (such as a drawing of your property or site plan showing the tree's location)
- at least two images of the tree and the issue, including one close-up and one of the surrounding area.
If you are an arborist or a company applying on behalf of the owner, you must also provide:
You can only apply for a permit to remove a tree if you own the property or have a letter of authorisation.
If you are a business, you must also provide:
- proof of director’s identity (such as a copy of an ASIC company extract or driver’s licence).
If you are applying as an owners corporation, you must also provide:
- letter of authorisation from the owners corporation manager supporting the proposed tree works
- owners corporation number.
If applying for a permit to prune a tree on a neighbouring property, we suggest notifying them before you apply.
If you rent the property, contact your owner’s corporation or property manager. Ask them to apply for a permit and perform the tree works on your behalf.
Submit your application
To submit your application, complete the Tree Works Permit application form(PDF, 179KB) and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org with your supporting documents.
If you’re unable to submit it online, bring the completed application form and supporting documents to our service centre. You can pay the application fee on the day.
Your tree is assessed
Stonnington consultants and arborists will work together to inspect the tree and determine the suitability of the work.
We may contact you if we need further documentation or authorisation.
Receive a response
Once your application is approved, we will send your Tree Works Permit to you via email.
If a permit is not issued, you will receive an application outcome letter explaining why. If you're unhappy with the result, you can appeal the outcome with Council. You will need to provide supporting evidence. This may involve a process review by a senior officer to ensure your application was assessed fairly. Instructions on how to appeal will be included in your application outcome letter.