Vegetation Protection Overlay

Some areas in the City of Monash are covered by a Vegetation Protection Overlay to preserve existing vegetation, encourage regeneration of native plants and trees, and to keep and enhance habitat for native animals.

How do I find out if my property is affected?

To see if your property is in an area with a Vegetation Protection Overlay, see the City of Monash Interactive Maps or Vegetation Protection Overlay - Map (pdf, 447KB)

Do I need a planning permit? 

If your property is in a protected area, a planning permit is needed to remove or destroy vegetation that is higher than 10m and has a trunk circumference greater than 50cm (16cm diameter) at 120cm above ground level. 

Planning permit exemptions

  • Dead vegetation
  • Certain tree species - all types of willows, radiata or monterey pines, evergreen alders, sweet pittosporums and desert ash
  • Vegetation that presents an immediate risk to personal injury or damage to property – but only the part that presents the risk can be removed

Vegetation that meets the above criteria does not require approval from Council for its removal. The onus is on the landowner to keep a record of vegetation that is removed, including supporting evidence that the above criteria have been met. Supporting evidence may include photographs or other written advice from a suitably qualified person.

Confirmation may also be obtained through Council by submitting the Tree Assessment form:

Vegetation Protection Overlay - Tree Assessment Form (doc, 61KB)

Vegetation Protection Overlay - Tree Assessment Form (pdf, 476KB) 

What do I do if I want to remove vegetation?

It is the responsibility of the landowner to ensure a planning permit is applied for and obtained, or that an exemption is met prior to the removal of any vegetation.

Landowners may wish to engage an arborist or other qualified professional to give advice prior to removing trees as illegal tree removal can result in fines and/or legal action. All applications must be accompanied by sufficient justification for vegetation removal and evidence to support the tree removal. 

What if I am unsure a planning permit is required to remove vegetation?

Council can provide a free arboricultural advice service to residents in affected areas, when there is uncertainty if a planning permit is required, or to seek an exemption. 

This service is available to residents only, and is not for people developing their land for the purpose of more than one dwelling.   

To access this service, please fill out the following form: 

Vegetation Protection Overlay - Tree Assessment Form (doc, 61KB)

Vegetation Protection Overlay - Tree Assessment Form (pdf, 476KB)

You can return the form:

  • In person: 293 Springvale Road, Glen Waverley
  • By mail: to Planning Department – VPO, PO Box 1, Glen Waverley, 3150
  • By email: mail@monash.vic.gov.au

How do I apply for a planning permit?

If you only want to remove one tree, you can do this online via VicSmart Planning Applications. 

To apply for a planning permit to remove more than one tree, go to How to Apply for a Planning Permit.

When applying, you must include:

  • A current copy of Certificate of Title, including a full copy of any restrictions or covenants
  • Site plan detailing the location of the vegetation to be removed and details of the species and height of any replacement vegetation 
  • A statement and any supporting information justifying the vegetation removal – this may include, but is not limited to, an arborist report, photos or other evidence

Return your application:

More Information

Please contact Council on 9518 3555.

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Last updated: 16 June 2021