Trees

Overview

We love trees and we’re committed to holding on to them and protecting them, especially large canopy trees that take years to mature.

In line with the State Government’s Biodiversity Strategy, we're aiming for no further net loss in tree canopy cover in our beautiful city.

Public trees (street trees and reserves)

This section includes information on when we’ll be in your area to prune trees, how to request a new tree and how to request a tree removal.

View our Street and Park Tree Management Strategy(PDF, 10MB).

Pruning program

We maintain our public trees on nature strips and in our open spaces through an annual pruning program.

Click the button below if you need a street tree pruned or the roots trimmed before we’re due to be in your area.

Request tree maintenance

Street Tree Pruning Program 2022:

  • Highett: March
  • Heatherton: Mar-Apr
  • Cheltenham: Apr-Jun
  • Edithvale: Jun-Jul
  • Waterways: July
  • Aspendale Gardens: July-Aug
  • Mordialloc: Aug-Oct
  • Clayton South: July-Aug
  • Clarinda: Aug-Sept
  • Oakleigh South: Sept-Oct
  • Annual (High Voltage): Sept-Dec – all suburbs
  • Annual HBRA: Nov-Dec
  • Mentone: Dec-Jan
  • Moorabbin: Jan-Feb

Our pruning program helps us:

  • Provide clear access along footpaths, nature strips and roadways
  • Retain the shape and character of trees and streetscape
  • Improve safety and maintain sight lines for pedestrians and motorists
  • Maintain visibility of street signs, traffic signs, streetlights, traffic lights and pedestrian crossings
  • Remove dead, dying and dangerous/safety hazardous trees
  • Maintain a 'clearance space' around power lines and service lines. This is a statutory requirement specified by Energy Safe Victoria.

Council's Electric Line Clearance (ELC) management plan identifies the steps we take to prevent vegetation growing too close to electric power lines. This helps us avoid safety risks such as electrocution, fire (including bushfire) and issues with interrupted electricity supply.

Read the Electric Line Clearance management plan(PDF, 1MB)

Request a street tree

If you would like a tree on your nature strip, please contact us on 1300 653 356 or lodge an online request. Annual plantings are scheduled in May and June.

Request a new tree

Request street tree removal

Trees are important to our city, and we will only remove them if absolutely necessary. We may remove a tree if it is dead, dying, dangerous, causing damage to infrastructure or an inappropriate species. If you have concerns about a tree, please let us know.

Report a tree

Private trees (trees on your property)

This section includes information about removing or pruning trees on your property. 

Tree pruning and removal permits

A 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. A permit is also required to undertake works within the structural root zone of any protected tree or vegetation.

Permits cost $105 per tree. There is no fee for pensioners.

Depending on your application the following supporting evidence may be required:

  • property damage – a photo of the damage and/or a report from a qualified person (engineer, plumber, builder) providing details/evidence to support the claim
  • health and safety – a report prepared by a qualified Arborist including an internationally recognised tree risk assessment
  • development/construction – copy of building permit or any other relevant documentation
  • other – medical certificate issued by a specialist providing details/evidence to support the claim.

Read more in our tree removal fact sheet(PDF, 140KB).

Consent form

If you are not the owner of the property, consent is required before we can assess your application. Download the Owner's Consent Form(PDF, 139KB).

Planning history

If your property has been developed under a Planning Permit, there may be requirements for vegetation protection under that permit. Planning Permits contain permit conditions that are binding and must be followed. Planning Permits continue to have effect even when the development has been completed.

Please request a copy of planning permit history before lodging a tree removal application.

Apply for a tree pruning permit

Apply for a tree removal permit

Chat to a vegetation officer

Bookings are for 10 minutes and can be made Monday to Friday 9am - 4.30pm.

Book an appointment

Significant trees

Kingston’s Significant Tree Register(PDF, 17MB)  helps identify and conserve significant trees in our city. The register aims to preserve our leafy neighbourhood character, cultural heritage, history, and biological diversity.

Trees and new developments

A Planning Permit may be required to remove any vegetation 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 property that may be affected by a proposed development, you may be required to submit an aboricultural report with your Planning Application. Download the aboricultural reporting guidelines(PDF, 127KB)

Planning a development?

For large development proposals, you must submit a landscape plan as part of the planning application. Read our fact sheet preparing a landscape plan(PDF, 5MB) for further information.

Download our Indigenous and native plants guide(PDF, 23KB) or view our list of Indigenous plants local to the Kingston area to assist the preparation of your development application.

Any potential development of land may be impacted 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. We will visit the site and provide a report detailing advice for specific trees and information on how trees may be managed prior to any planning application being lodged.

Nature strips

Residents are responsible for mowing, watering and general maintenance of nature strips. Council will assist with nature strip hazards and prune nature strip trees every two years.

View our Nature Strip Guidelines(PDF, 472KB)  for more information.