Council 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. This does not include trees scheduled for removal as part of Capital Tree Replacement program. Click here to find out more about Council's Precinct Planting Program.
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 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 equalling 400mm.
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.
Tree removal guidelines (89.45kB)
Requests for tree removal
A request to remove a tree can be made to Council’s arborist 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.
Submit your written request:
By mail: Michael Rogers, Coordinator Streetscapes and Trees, Yarra City Council, PO Box 168, Richmond, Victoria 3121
By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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’s arborist 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.
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