Sometimes a planning permit or other approval is required to remove, destroy or lop vegetation. So, before you remove, destroy or lop vegetation, read the information below and contact Council to find out what, if any, approvals you need.
A planning permit may be required to remove vegetation from public or private land if:
However, there are various exemptions from needing a planning permit to remove vegetation.
These include exemptions under the Bushfire regulations, for instance to remove vegetation along a fence line or to create defendable space around a dwelling.
To find out if you need a planning permit to remove, destroy or lop vegetation on your property, contact the Planning Department on 1800 065 993 or online at our 'Make a Request' section
For more information about applying for a planning permit click here to go to our Planning Permits page.
Removing vegetation without a planning permit, when a planning permit is required, is a finable offence. If you are concerned about someone else removing vegetation, contact Council's Planning Department.
Where a planning permit is required to remove native vegetation, the state-wide 'Permitted clearing of native vegetation - Biodiversity assessment guidelines' applies. This is a framework for what information must be provided as part of a planning permit application, what vegetation can be removed under a planning permit, and what off-sets must be provided in the event that a planning permit is issued.
Importantly for land owners, it includes an online tool to assist in the preparation of a planning permit application
More information regarding this framework is available from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning's website: http://www.depi.vic.gov.au/environment-and-wildlife/biodiversity/native-vegetation/native-vegetation-permitted-clearing-regulations/applications-for-permit-to-remove-native-vegetation
If you want to remove vegetation from public land, you'll first need to find out if a planning permit is required (see above).
Even if a planning permit is not required, you'll need permission from the relevant land owner or manager. Specifically:
For more information, contact Council http://www.strathbogie.vic.gov.au/council/about-council/contact-council