Nominate a tree or trees

Our most valuable and important trees enhance the character and amenity of our City. If you think a tree should be recognised as one of the most valuable and important trees in our City — whether it's in your or someone else's garden, on a nature strip, or in a public park — you can nominate it to be included in our Classified Tree Register.

Once a tree is listed on the Classified Tree Register, a permit may be required to remove, prune, or carry out works near the tree.

Step 1. Check if the tree is on the Register

Before you nominate a tree, find out if it's already on the Classified Tree Register or if it has already been assessed as ineligible for inclusion in the Classified Tree Register.

Tree or trees included in the Classified Tree Register

Classified Tree Register

There are no trees currently listed on the Classified Tree Register. Once we have considered the nominations, reports on individual trees that have listed on the Classified Tree Register will be displayed online for members of the public to view.

Tree or trees not eligible for inclusion in the Classified Tree Register

Classified Tree Register — ineligible trees

As nominations are assessed, any trees that have not met the Categories of Significance will be listed online.

Step 2. Check the criteria

When you nominate a tree for inclusion on the Register, we assess it based on several factors, including the Categories of Significance. The Categories of Significance are based on the National Trust of Australia criteria for identification and classification of trees.

For a tree to be considered for inclusion in, or to remain on, the Classified Tree Register, it must be an exceptional example as demonstrated by meeting one or more of the criteria. 

Horticultural or genetic value

Any tree which is of exceptional horticultural or genetic value and could be an important source of propagating stock, including specimens that are particularly resistant to disease or environmental conditions. This could include Australian native, locally indigenous or exotic tree species.

Unique location or context

A tree that occurs in a unique location or context and provides a major contribution to the landscape and trees which form part of a historic garden, park or town. This may include the blanket inclusion of trees of various sizes in parks.

Rare or localised distribution

Any tree of a species or variety that is rare or is of very localised distribution. This could include trees that are classified as threatened indigenous or endemic species within its locality or a rare exotic specimen.

Particularly old specimen

Any tree that is a particularly old or venerable example of the species such as pre-colonial trees.

Outstanding size (girth height spread)

The outstanding size of a tree will relate specifically to the tree species and may vary considerably depending on its height, trunk circumference or canopy.

Aesthetic value

The tree is a particularly well-formed example of the species that is in a location that makes it striking in the landscape. The loss of a tree in this category would result in a substantial change to the local landscape and a loss of amenity for the community.

Curious growth habit

Any tree which exhibits a curious growth form or physical feature such as abnormal outgrowths.

Historical significance

Any tree commemorating a particular occasion, individual or associated with an important historical event may be considered in this category.

Connection to Aboriginal culture

A tree associated with Aboriginal activities or culture such as scarred trees or corroboree trees.

An outstanding example of species

Any tree that is an outstanding example of the species at an international, national, state, regional or local level or of a particular aesthetic value.

Outstanding habitat and biodiversity value

A tree that has outstanding value as habitat for indigenous wildlife, including providing breeding, foraging or roosting habitat, or forming a key part of a wildlife corridor.

Step 3. Submit your nomination

We are accepting nominations for the Classified Tree Register. Please be advised that due to the volume of nominations received so far, there is a wait time of approximately 5 months for each nomination to be assessed. Thank you for your patience.

There is no nomination fee.

Nominate online

You will need to provide an accurate location for the tree(s). If you are unsure of the property address, please provide a location map or aerial photograph highlighting the location. Also provide additional details relating to the chosen selection criteria and why you believe the tree(s) should be added to the Register.

Step 4. Tree assessment

If the nomination is valid, one of our arborists will contact the tree owner to arrange a time to visit the tree and assess whether it is eligible for inclusion in the Classified Tree Register. Tree owners have the right to object to their tree being listed in the Classified Tree Register.

Find out more about Assessing a Classified Tree.

Step 5. Council's decision

If we decide that the tree is eligible for inclusion in the Classified Tree Register, it will be formally considered at a Council meeting which is open to the public.

You can report damage to or removal of a Classified Tree by emailing or call 03 9525 3333.

If we consider that a tree that has been nominated is under imminent threat of removal or damage, we may make an interim protection order to protect the tree whilst the nomination is being considered.