All about local councils and permit requirements

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Tree Removal & Pruning Guidelines in the Whitehorse Council

Before commencing any significant works on private trees throughout the City of Whitehorse, it is important that you familiarise yourself with the local and state regulations to avoid any possible infringements and subsequent fines. Our local loppers, known as Arborists, always operate within the laws and the Australian Pruning Standards to ensure our tree maintenance and removal is always legal and of the highest quality. Read more

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Tree Removal & Pruning Guidelines in the Moonee Valley Council

Cutting down, lopping and trimming private trees within the Moonee Valley municipality is regulated by the implementation and enforcement of a Significant Tree Register, in addition to state and local planning schemes. These laws do not prevent the removal and pruning of private trees within their jurisdiction, rather they are intended to ensure that trees providing environmental, cultural or aesthetic benefits to the community are protected from irresponsible treatment, damage or destruction. Read more

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Tree Removal & Pruning Guidelines in the Glen Eira City Council

As with the surrounding municipalities, pruning and removing trees around the Glen Eira region is an essential part of maintaining both the health of the ecosystem and the safety of the community. Per capita, Glen Eira has less public open space than any other council across inner Melbourne, making it essential that the healthy trees are regularly maintained through pruning of excess foliage, lopping of overweight branches and strategic trimming.  Read more

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Tree Removal & Pruning Guidelines in the Darebin Council

Removing trees and pruning excess foliage are essential parts of sustaining the urban forest and wider ecosystem throughout the City of Darebin. Trees that have become damaged by storms, structurally unstable through age or hazardous from disease must be cut down and extracted to ensure the safety of the community and prosperity of the environment around it. Read more

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Tree Removal & Pruning Guidelines in the Port Phillip Council

Rules and regulations for pruning and removing trees on private properties vary wildly between councils but are essential to understand in order to avoid fines, to follow the law and to best preserve the local ecosystem. Despite the vast discrepancies in rules, the councils use almost identical terminology which can, on the surface, appear to align with neighbouring municipalities. Terms like ‘significant tree’ and ‘trunk circumference’ are the foundation of many of these local laws, though each council have their own perspective on what classifies a significant tree and where to measure the circumference of a tree’s trunk.  Read more

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Tree Removal & Pruning Guidelines in the City of Melbourne

Pruning, lopping and removing private trees throughout the City of Melbourne is an essential part of maintaining its urban forest. Overhanging branches left unmaintained can cause a variety of problems for homeowners, from blocked gutters to safety risks. Without regular trimming and care, leaves can build up on tree limbs and begin to add extra weight to their extremities. During periods of high winds and storms, this excess weight can add extra pressure on the branches, putting them at a higher risk of snapping and falling. This same idea is true for entire trees. As their large branches are allowed to grow without the assessment and strategic lopping of a qualified arborist, the entire tree can become imbalanced. Without an even weight distribution, big mature trees can become a greater risk of falling. Generally this happens with the addition of external factors, such as rain and wind, though sometimes it can happen without any clear warning signs. 

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Tree Pruning & Removal Guidelines for the Yarra Council

Professional tree loppers, known as Arborists, are an essential part of maintaining a healthy urban forest. These tree surgeons provide a number of functions for the community to ensure that the trees are not only looking good, but are also safe and beneficial to the ecosystem. Our tree specialists have a number of strategies to assess the health of trees, preserve healthy trees and extract hazardous trees. Trees that have been left unmaintained can become hazardous to residents of nearby properties, passing pedestrians and local wildlife due to the risk of falling debris, limbs or the entire trunk coming down. As large trees mature, their branches can grow unevenly, causing the structure of the tree to become unbalanced. When these structural imbalances are exposed to outside factors like wind or rain, the extra stress on the limbs, joints and roots can result in fallen branches and trees. 

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Tree Pruning & Removal Guidelines for the Banyule Council

Strategic lopping and pruning of trees is a vital part of supporting Banyule’s healthy urban forest. Trees have a wide array of benefits for the community; providing shade, improving air quality, supporting the ecosystem and looking great. However, trees that are left unmaintained and uncared for can start to have the opposite effect. Overgrown branches can cause a tree to become unstable, overgrown leaves can clutter their surrounding and sick tree can become home to pests and disease. 

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Tree Pruning & Removal Guidelines for the Brimbank Council

Trees are a loved and important part of the Brimbank Council region, for that reason it is important that residents take steps to ensure their private trees are kept healthy, safe and beneficial for the community. Tree pruning, shaping, lopping and removal are all important parts of nurturing a healthy ecosystem. Trees that are well maintained provide a multitude of positive effects for the local environment and the local community. In addition to being beautiful and providing much needed shade in the summer months, trees reduce the severity of urban heat islands, help to produce clean oxygen and reduce harmful gases in the air. For these reasons alone, we should be doing all we can to keep trees healthy, so that they can continue to support and strengthen the wider ecosystem. Read more

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Tree Removal & Pruning Guidelines in the City of Kingston Council

Trimming, lopping and cutting down private trees in the City of Kingston Council is heavily regulated to ensure the preservation of the mature tree population and the environment. The local council aims to prevent any net loss of the city’s tree canopy, an objective they share with the State Government’s ‘Biodiversity Strategy’. To achieve this, the council have implemented local laws in addition to the state’s planning controls. 

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