Whitehorse City Council

Tree Protection Overlays

Before you remove or lop trees on your property, please contact Whitehorse City Council’s Planning Department on 9262 6303 to determine whether you require a planning permit.

 

In general, the protection of trees on private property is controlled by a tree protection overlay or control applicable to the land or planning history which may exist over the property, such as a development permit.

 

A summary of each of the planning controls that may restrict the removal of trees on your property, or affect a development proposed on your property is provided below.

 

You can look up your property online using Whitehorse Maps which is an interactive site that allows you to search, view and explore the City of Whitehorse. Once you search and locate your property there is an information bubble. Select Planning Overlaps Map at the bottom of the bubble to find out which overlays cover your property.

 

Always speak to a planner in Whitehorse City Council’s Planning Department on 9262 6303 to determine whether you require a planning permit before you remove or lop trees on private property. Substantial penalties apply for illegal tree removal or lopping.

 

Significant Landscape Overlay (SLO)

Within the Significant Landscape Overlay a planning permit is required to remove, destroy or lop a protected tree. A protected tree is one that has a single trunk circumference of 50 centimetres or more, when measured at a height of 1 metre above ground level.

A planning permit is also required for any works within four metres of a protected tree.

Vegetation Protection Overlay (VPO)
The Vegetation Protection Overlays apply to properties within trees recognised as possessing special qualities. There are four schedules that are applied in two separate ways.

Schedule 2 and Schedule 4 are a blanket control that applies to some land in Mont Albert North and Mitcham. A planning permit is required to remove, destroy or lop a protected tree in these areas. A protected tree is one that has a single trunk circumference of 1 metre or more, when measured at a height of 1 metre above ground level.

Schedule 1 and Schedule 3 apply to specific trees that are referenced in either Incorporated Document 10 or 11 as accessed in sections per suburb below: 

1. Incorporated Document 10 – City of Whitehorse Statements of Tree Significance 2005 - VPO1

pdf icon  Blackburn North Statement of Tree Significance 2005.pdf (2.09MB)
pdf icon  Blackburn South Statement of Tree Significance 2005.pdf (1.57MB)
pdf icon  Blackburn Statement of Tree Significance 2005.pdf (2.28MB)
pdf icon  Box Hill North and South Statement of Tree Significance 2005.pdf (2.07MB)
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 Box Hill Statement of Tree Significance 2005.pdf (1.15MB)
pdf icon  Burwood East Statement of Tree Significance 2005.pdf (1.61MB)
pdf icon  Burwood Statement of Tree Significance 2005.pdf (1.66MB)
pdf icon  Forest Hill Statement of Tree Significance 2005.pdf (1.39MB)
pdf icon  Mitcham Statement of Tree Significance 2005.pdf (6.69MB)
pdf icon  Mont Albert to Mont Albert North Statements of Tree Significance 2005.pdf (2.39MB)
pdf icon  Nunawading Statement of Tree Significance 2005.pdf (1.81MB)
pdf icon  Surrey Hills Statement of Tree Significance 2005.pdf (1.78MB)
pdf icon  Vermont to Vermont South Statement of Tree Significance 2005.pdf (3.35MB)

2. Incorporated Document 11 – City of Whitehorse Statements of Tree Significance 2006.

pdf icon  Blackburn North Statement of Tree Significance 2006.pdf (6.28MB)
pdf icon  Blackburn South Statement of Tree Significance 2006.pdf (1.59MB)
pdf icon  Blackburn Statement of Tree Significance 2006.pdf (4.41MB)
pdf icon  Box Hill to Box Hill North Statement of Tree Significance 2006.pdf (5.35MB)
pdf icon  Burwood to Burwood East Statement of Tree Significance 2006.pdf (3.21MB)
pdf icon  Forest Hill Statement of Tree Significance 2006.pdf (1.71MB)
pdf icon  Mitcham A to E Statement of Tree Significance 2006.pdf (4.93MB)
pdf icon  Mitcham F to M Statement of Tree Significance 2006.pdf (5.71MB)
pdf icon  Mitcham N to Z Statement of Tree Significance 2006.pdf (4.55MB)
pdf icon  Mont Albert to Mont Albert North Statement of Tree Significance 2006.pdf (3.88MB)
pdf icon  Nunawading Statement of Tree Significance 2006.pdf (4.65MB)
pdf icon  Surrey Hills Statement of Tree Significance 2006.pdf (2.22MB)
pdf icon  Vermont South Statement of Tree Significance 2006.pdf (1.54MB)
pdf icon  Vermont Statement of Tree Significance 2006.pdf (3.66MB)

 A planning permit is required to remove, destroy or lop a protected tree covered by this overlay.

Environmental Significance Overlay (ESO)
The Environmental Significance Overlay identifies areas where development may be affected by environmental constrains and ensures that development is compatible with the  identified environmental values of the site. A planning permit is required to remove, destroy or lop any vegetation and may also include dead vegetation.

Heritage Controls
There are a number of properties in Whitehorse that are affected by the Heritage Overlays tree protection control. In this case a planning permit is required to remove, destroy or lop a tree.

Native Vegetation
A planning permit is required to remove, destroy or lop native vegetation, including dead vegetation, on a property with an area greater than 0.4 hectares (4000m2).  

Street Trees
Council is responsible for the planting, maintenance and removal of street trees in the municipality go to www.whitehorse.vic.gov.au/Street-Trees.html for more information. 

Trees on Neighbouring Properties
Disputes about trees on neighbouring properties are a civil matter and need to be addressed between you and your neighbour. In circumstances where no resolution can be reached, you may wish to seek mediation through the Dispute Settlement Centre of Victoria: http://www.disputes.vic.gov.au/ .

Downloads

pdf icon  Checklist for a Planning Application for Tree Removal Vegetation Protection Overlay (46.46kB)

pdf icon  Checklits for a Planning Application for Tree Removal in Significant Landscape Overlay (47.70kB)

pdf icon  Property Information Request Significant Landscape Overlay (45.82kB)

pdf icon Indigenous Gardening in Whitehorse (13.94MB)

pdf icon Whitehorse Landscape Guidelines (14.72MB)

pdf icon10 Reasons to Plant More Trees Poster (3.82MB)