City of Boroondara Tree Work Permit Information

/City of Boroondara Tree Work Permit Information
City of Boroondara Tree Work Permit Information 2019-06-27T07:01:25+00:00

Attempting to acquire a permit can be frustrating and can take up your time. If you don’t have the correct information coupled with inexperience, then it can be even more daunting. Contact Trav’s Tree Services on 1800 165 405 for assistance with your inquiries regarding Boroondara City Council.

You need a permit if:

1.      The property is in any of the overlays. If you are looking to have work done on the Significant Landscape Overlay (SLO), Environmental Significance Overlay (ESO) or the Vegetation Protection Overlay (VPO), then you will need a permit. Some of the properties governed by these overlays may fall in the areas of the Yarra River around Kew, Balwyn North, and Hawthorn. You can find out if your property falls in these Overlays by going to the Planning Schemes Online site.

2.      The tree in question is a significant tree or a canopy tree that is protected by law (Check out Boroondara’s Tree Protection Local Law)

FOR YOUR INFORMATION: These trees may have high holding value and could be registered on the Significant Tree Study. You are welcome to call Boroondara City Council at (03) 9278 4888 or go to to check if you have any Significant Trees.

A Canopy Tree is one that has a measurement around A, B, C that is larger than 110 cm and is 1.5m above ground.

Exceptions to the rules:

If you feel the need to prune your trees, you can do so without getting a permit if you are taking off less than 25% of the foliage. The job must meet the Australian Standards (AS 4373-2007). You will need to find a tree specialist to help you know how certain trees do with pruning and what the long-term effects, if any, will be.

Fees for the Applications

Significant Tree Removal: $75 each tree (subject to change)
Significant Tree Pruning: 37.50 each tree  (subject to change)

For up to date pricing and advice contact us on 1800 165 405.

IMPORTANT: We want to make sure you have the most recent and correct information about how and when to go about applying for a permit. All the information here was updated as of June 2016, but could change without warning to you. Trav’s Tree Services cannot be liable for any information that is no longer true.  We highly recommend you call the council prior to removing any vegetation. The information above is only to be used to guide you through the process.

The City of Boroondara is a native government part of Victoria, Australia. It is in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne. It was formed in June 1994 from the merger of the Cities of Kew, Camberwell, and Hawthorn.