Native vegetation removal
If you want to remove native vegetation, including trees, shrubs and grasses, you may need a permit from Council. Penalties apply for removing native vegetation without a permit. Make sure you know if a permit is needed before you start removing any native vegetation.
There are special controls in Victoria which ensure removing native vegetation doesn’t have a negative effect on biodiversity.
These controls aim to:
- avoid removal of native vegetation which makes a significant contribution to biodiversity
- minimise the impact on Victoria’s biodiversity
- ensure an offset is provided ie planting native vegetation equal to that which was removed.
You may not need a planning permit if:
- you are removing dead vegetation
- doing certain building works while constructing a home
- you need to remove the vegetation to build a boundary fence between two properties with different owners, or to maintain an existing fence (the maximum width of clearing permitted either side of the fence is 4 metres).
- You are implementing fire protection measures
- Removing vegetation on land less than 0.4 hectares in contiguous ownership.
We strongly recommend you contact the Planning Unit to clarify if a permit is required on 5481 2200 or 1300 666 535.
Biodiversity Assessment Report
If you need a planning permit to remove native vegetation, you must include a Biodiversity Assessment Report in your permit application. Find out how to obtain this report by visiting the Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning website.
Find out more about state-wide rules regarding the removal of vegetation by visiting the Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning website.