Whitehorse City Council

Landscape plans for planning applications

A landscape plan must be submitted to Council Planning department and approved by a planner. When approved, the plan will be endorsed and will then form part of the permit.

Three full-sized sets of black and white lanscape plans must be supplied as part of the planning application.

Each landscape plan must be drawn:

  • in black and white
  • to scale – typically 1:100, 1:200 or 1:500
  • no larger than A1 paper size

The landscape plan must align and reflect consistency with the following documents:

  • Whitehorse Character Precinct Information Sheet - This specifies how many new trees and the style of landscaping required
  • Arborist Report - This identifies existing trees on and surrounding the property including those to be retained with TPZs and those to be removed
  • Constraints and opportunities analysis -  
  • Permit Conditions Report - In particular conditions 8 and 9 need to be shown on the landscape plan.
  • Submitted development plans - No additional decking or other infrastructure should be included on the landscape plan.

Information to include on a landscape plan but is not limited to:

  • Title box with:
    • drawing name
    • property address
    • character precinct
    • date of drawing
    • scale
    • north point
  • Legend
  • Notes as required to clarify information shown on the plan including:
  • Conditions 8 and 9 copied from the permit conditions report
  • Guidelines for the implementation of the landscape plans e.g. mulching, removal of trees, trees to be removed within and adjacent to property boundaries
  • Trees with TPZ to be retained within and adjacent to property boundaries
  • Cross-sections showing tree protection requirements (see example)
  • Full planting schedule (see example) with botanical name, quantity, mature size and pot size
  • Existing tree schedules (see example) with botanical name, height, canopy, calliper, condition and significance as stated in arborist report
  • Construction diagrams of garden beds (see example)
  • Landscape plans that include green infrastructure such as green roofs, green walls, green facades or podium plantings need to provide further information.

Whitehorse Character Precinct Sheet

To meet the design requirements, you will need to establish which of the three Whitehorse residential zones applies by using Whitehorse Maps:

  • Garden Suburban
  • Bush Suburban
  • Bush Environment

Arborist report 

The arborist report should be referred to and be reflected in the landscape plan identifying and locating existing trees along with their TPZ and the trees to be removed. Trees should be shown on neighbouring properties including the nature strip, and properties on all sides of the parcel being developed.


Useful Resources

Indigenous Plants of Whitehorse

Or visit www.whitehorse.vic.gov.au/Indigenous-Plants.html



Whitehorse Landscape Guidelines

The guidelines help applicants develop a landscape concept plan that is consistent with Council’s current policies, strategies and programs.


Growing Green Guide

The Growing Green Guide: A guide to green roofs, walls and facades in Melbourne and Victoria is now available. Find out more about it and the other components of the Growing Green Guide for Melbourne project on the Growing Green Guide Website.


Urban Ecology

A fact sheet explains ways to improve our urban ecosystem through the incorporation of vegetation through landscaping for both new and existing developments.