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Boroondara City Council

  1. This serves as a general guide; however, please directly contact the council for the most up-to-date information as regulations may change periodically.

Boroondara City Council – 0392784888

Boroondara Council includes the following suburbs:

  • Ashburton
  • Balwyn
  • Balwyn North
  • Burwood
  • Camberwell
  • Canterbury
  • Deepdeene
  • Glen Iris
  • Glenferrie South
  • Greythorn
  • Hawthorn
  • Hawthorn East
  • Kew
  • Kew East
  • Mont Albert
  • Surrey Hills

Tree Removal Permit

A council permit will be required to remove a tree if the tree: 

  1. is on the significant tree register (check here)
  2. is considered a canopy trees (see definition below), or
  3. has conditions specified in the land title. 

Canopy trees

Canopy trees have a circumference of: 

  • 110cm or more, measured at 1.5m above ground level; or 
  • 150cm or more at ground level. 

If the tree has multiple stems, the circumference is the total of the stems.

If a canopy tree is dead, you will still need to apply for a permit and the council will send one of their arborists to site to confirm the status of the tree. 

How to apply

Applications for permits can be lodged online at this page:  

Tree Pruning

You don’t need a permit to prune a canopy tree as long as the work is carried out according to the relevant Australian Standards. 

Neighbouring trees 

As a neighbouring property owner, you can prune any leaves or branches that hang over onto your property. This must be done at your own cost and you must not damage the tree.

See this page for more information:

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