Applying for a tree removal permit in Port Phillip council
You will need to apply for a permit if you wish to remove or prune a tree that is labelled as significant.
A significant tree is a tree or palm on private land:
- With a trunk circumference of 150 centimetres or greater measured 1 metre from the base;
- A multi-stemmed tree where the circumference of its exterior stems equals or is greater than 1.5 metres when measured 1 metre from its base; or
- If the tree has been removed, a trunk circumference of 150 centimetres or greater measured at its base.
You can search the search the Significant Tree Register if you need to check the status of your tree.
There are trees that can be removed no matter their size or condition as they are considered a pest by the local council. It's best to check with us or the council before touching them.
Hire an arborist
The council advises contacting a qualified arborist to assess your trees before taking any action. Contact us if you would like to receive a tree assessment on your site today.