Tree removal

Tree topsCouncil receives many requests each year to remove trees. When making decisions about removing trees, Council is guided by its Tree Removal Guidelines.

The Tree Removal Guidelines provide a framework for managing tree removal. Only trees that are dead, dying, dangerous or proven to be causing property damage will be considered for removal. Removal is usually the last option and only considered when other options to rectify the concern have been exhausted. 

Please note, in Yarra, a permit is required to prune, lop or remove trees which are considered to be significant.
A tree is considered significant if:

  • It has a trunk diameter that is 400mm or wider from a point of 1.5 metres above ground level.
  • Trees are also considered significant if they have multiple trunks equaling 400mm in diameter in total.
  • It's on Councils significant tree register.  

Click here to find out more about how Council assesses and protects 'significant trees'.

Download the guidelines for more information about how Council assesses a tree for removal.

 pdf format Tree removal guidelines (89.45kB)

Requests for tree removal

A request to remove a tree can be made to Council and must be in writing. Include the following in your request:

  • Your contact details and residential address
  • Location of the tree
  • The nature of your concern with the tree
  • Any supporting documentation is appreciated, e.g. engineer's report, photos etc. These may be requested at a later date.  

docx format Application for significant tree permit (142.20 KB)


Submit your written request:

By mail:  Yarra City Council, PO Box 168, Richmond, Victoria 3121

By email: 

In person: Council offices, 8.30am - 5.00pm, Monday - Friday, Richmond Town Hall, 333 Bridge Road, Richmond, or Collingwood Town Hall, 140 Hoddle Street, Abbotsford.

What happens next 

On receiving your request, Council will contact you to arrange an inspection within 10 working days. 

You will be advised, in writing, of the outcome of the investigation and any action to be carried out.


Further Information
City of Yarra
9205 5555

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