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Port Phillip Council Tree Removal

How to remove a tree in the City of Port Phillip

If you want to get rid of a dead, dangerous, or unwanted tree in Monash council, you may need to get a tree removal permit.

Applying for a tree removal permit

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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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply to remove a tree in the City of Port Phillip?

If you would like to remove or prune a tree that is classified as significant, you can apply for a significant tree permit. You will need to submit an application form and pay the free, include a site plan or drawing of the tree's location and provide photographs or diagrams outlining the proposed extent of pruning or removal.

Are there any exemptions to requiring a permit before pruning a significant tree?

You will not require a permit if you are pruning a tree whose branches are overhanging that adjacent land including a neighbouring property, footpath or the road. It is important that you keep photographic evidence of the tree before pruning as evidence of the obstruction.

What is the penalty for illegally pruning or removing a tree?

If you illegally prune or remove a tree you could face fines, enforcement at VCAT, or prosecution through the Magistrates’Court.

I want to protect my trees, do you offer maintenance services?

We don't just remove trees, we care for them too. We have a wide range of tree maintenance services including cable bracing, tree planting and possum guard installation to keep your trees healthy and thriving.

Do you need the help of an arborist?

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