Trees are a part of Kingston’s character. They provide us with social, economic and environmental benefits. We're naturally committed to conservation and protection of trees, especially large canopy trees that take many years to mature. In line with the State Government’s Biodiversity Strategy, we're aiming for no further net loss in canopy cover throughout the city.
Public trees (street trees and reserves)
Street tree pruning program
A two year cyclic pruning program is in place for maintaining street trees in Kingston, more details can be found here.
Request a street tree
If you don't have a tree on your nature strip and would like to request one, phone Council on 1300 653 356.
Annual plantings are scheduled in May and June. Please note: Street tree requests for 2019 are full, you can put in a request for 2020.
Request street tree removal
As a standard, Council will not remove street trees without investigating it causing serious damage to neighbouring infrastructure. However, if you have concerns about a street tree causing damage/creating a hazard, please report it to Council's Parks team at this link.
Please note: the outcome of this assessment will be provided in writing to the/any household situated directly in front of a reported tree.
Private trees (on your property)
Permit for tree pruning and removal
A Local Law permit is needed to remove, prune or undertake works to any tree (including multi-stemmed trees) with a trunk circumference of 110cm or more measured at ground level. Further, a local law permit is also required to undertake works within the critical root zone of any significant tree or vegetation.
Please note a fee of $100 per tree is applicable. Valid Concession Card Holders are exempt.
If you are not the owner of the property, Owner's consent is required prior to Council's Vegetation Officer assessing your application. For Owner's Consent Form, please click here.
The City of Kingston has established a Significant Tree Register to help identify and conserve trees of importance to the community. The Register aims to preserve the municipality's leafy neighbourhood character, cultural heritage, history, and biological diversity. For more information please refer to Council's Significant Tree Register Page.
Trees and development - pre-purchase tree inspections
A Planning Permit may be required to remove any vegetation (native to Victoria) on land greater than 4,000m2. Speak to our Vegetation Management Officer or visit the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) website for more details on native vegetation removal.
If you have trees on your site that may be affected by a proposed development, you may be required to submit an aboricultural report with your Planning Application. For guidelines in relation to what is required in this report, please click here.
In addition to the above if planning a development, the following forms may be helpful when preparing the landscape component of your development application:
Indigenous and Native Plants That Are Suitable for Kingston's Soils and Conditions
Any potential development of land may be affected by existing trees on the land. If you would like information on trees that may affect any future development, you can apply for a "tree inspection report on private property". Council's vegetation officer will visit the site and provide a report detailing advice in relation to specific trees and information on how trees may be managed prior to any Planning Application being lodged.