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Native Vegetation Removal

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 with a trunk diameter of 40cm or less at a height of 1.3m above ground level.
  • you are doing certain building works while constructing a home
  • you are removing the native vegetation to enable:
    – the operation or maintenance of an existing fence
    – the construction of a boundary fence between properties in different ownership.

    Please note:The clearing along both sides of the fence when combined must not exceed 4 metres in width, except where land
    has already been cleared 4 metres or more along one side of the fence, then up to 1 metre can be cleared along the
    other side of the fence.

  • you are implementing fire protection measures
  • the vegetation is on land less than 0.4 hectares in contiguous ownership.
  • A more detailed and thorough description of all of the exemptions from requiring a permit to remove native vegetation can be found at the State Governments Exemptions from Requiring a Planning Permit web page.

    We strongly recommend you contact the Planning Unit to clarify if a permit is required on 5348 1577.

    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

    Permit application checklist

    If you want a permit to remove, destroy or lop native vegetation, you must submit the following information with your application:

  • Native Vegetation Information Management (NVIM) – Biodiversity Assessment Report
  • recent dated photographs of the native vegetation to be removed
  • topographic information
  • a copy of any property vegetation plan that applies to the site
  • where the removal, destruction or lopping of vegetation is to create defendable space, a statement explaining why it is required, when other available bushfire risk mitigation measures have been considered.
  • details of any other native vegetation permitted to be removed.
  • To find out more about state-wide rules regarding the removal of vegetation click on this link and it will direct you to the State Governments web page that provides detailed information about Victorian native vegetation.