While Classified Trees within Glen Eira are protected. It is recognised that sometimes a tree may need to be pruned or removed. This could be for:
- general maintenance of a healthy tree
- poor or declining health of the tree
- a tree that has been irreparably damaged because of a storm
- a tree that has died of natural causes
- a tree that now poses an unacceptable safety risk to surrounding residents.
The Classified Tree Local Law aims to provide a balanced approach between the protection of healthy trees and providing flexibility to residents who need to undertake any works to a tree on their property. A permit application system has been set up for any requests by tree owners to remove or undertake significant works to a Classified Tree. Our arborists will be responsible for reviewing these applications to ensure the most appropriate outcome is achieved, and when required will make a report to Council if the tree is deemed no longer eligible for protection.
When is a permit required
A permit will be required for any pruning work that comprises more than 10 percent removal of the tree's volume or if any branches greater than 10 centimetres in circumference at the point of attachment are to be removed. A permit would also be required for any request to remove a Classified Tree or to conduct excavation or building works within the Tree Protection Zone around the tree.
The purpose of the permit system is to ensure any requested works are done in accordance with Australian Standards AS 4373-2007 Pruning of Amenity Trees. This Australian Standard encourages pruning practices and procedures that reduce the potential for a tree hazard developing in the future such as branch failure, fungal infection or premature tree death. Council arborists will assess each application and will provide advice where necessary to ensure a satisfactory outcome for the tree owners and the trees health.
When a Permit is not required
No permit will be required for minor pruning works to a Classified Tree, where less than 10 percent of the tree's volume is removed and only branches less than 10 centimetres in circumference at the point of attachment are pruned. Additionally, no permit will be required for any tree pruning or cutting which is required to control any immediate danger to property or life arising from a Classified Tree. This may be the case after a storm or other unforeseen event.
Council will need to be notified within five working days of any works carried out to a Classified Tree that were undertaken to control the immediate danger. This will then enable Council’s arborists to conduct an inspection of the tree to determine if any further action is required.
How to apply for a permit
Anyone who needs to undertake works to a Classified Tree can apply for a permit and there are no fees involved. Please print out and fill in the Classified Tree Register permit application form. This form can then be submitted via mail to:
Park Services — Glen Eira City Council
PO Box 42
Caulfield South VIC 3162