Trees on private property

We encourage residents to plant trees in their gardens to protect and support biodiversity and to enhance the attractiveness and amenity of our city.

To make sure healthy, attractive trees remain a feature of our city, we have introduced some regulatory controls over the pruning and/or removal of trees on private land,  through the Stonnington Planning Scheme and General Local Laws.

Protecting significant trees 

Local Law protection 

We have a General Local Law that protects significant trees on private land. 

Under the Local Law you must obtain a Tree Works Permit before any works (pruning or removal) are undertaken on a tree deemed to be 'significant'.

You must first determine if your tree is deemed 'significant' and, if it meets the criteria, you must obtain a Tree Works Permit.

To determine if your tree is deemed 'significant' refer to General Local Law(PDF, 2MB) - Part 14 Tree Protection (page 56)

Need a Tree Works Permit?

To download a permit application visit the Tree Works page.

Planning Scheme protection

The Stonnington Planning Scheme applies tree controls over two specific areas within the city:

  1. Yarra (Birrarung) River Corridor Environs, and
  2. Hedgeley Dene Precinct

The areas subject to tree controls are highlighted on the maps below:

Important: If you live in one of these areas you must obtain planning approval before pruning or removing any tree.

To discuss planning permit requirements please email the Planning Services team or call 8290 1333.

Disputes between neighbours

Overhanging branches, damage from roots and dropped foliage can all contribute to issues between neighbours over trees on private land. Learn what your rights and how to resolve a tree dispute at the Dispute Settlement Centre of Victoria.