Protection of significant trees
Yarra has a Significant Tree Register 2014.pdf (690.76 KB) to help ensure that unique, historical, rare and environmentally important trees are not removed or lopped without Council’s approval.
The register covers trees located on private properties, as well as those in local parks, gardens and other public land across Yarra.
You can view the location of trees on the Significant Tree Register via the Significant Tree Register map. To navigate the map:
- Choose the 'Significant Tree Register' link on the left side of the screen (under 'Public Open Space')
- Click on the pink dots to view details of trees on the register
- Zoom in and out using the magnifying glass icons at the top left of the screen
What is a significant tree?
A tree is considered significant if:
- the tree is single trunked with a trunk diameter of 400 mm or greater measured at 1500 mm (1.5m) above the ground; or
- the tree is multi-trunked with a combined trunk diameter of 400mm or greater at 1500 mm (1.5m) above the ground; or
- the tree is individually listed on the significant tree register;
- the tree is one of a group of trees listed on the significant tree register; or
- the tree is single trunked with a trunk diameter of 400 mm or greater measured at ground level; or
- the tree is multi-trunked with a combined trunk diameter of 400 mm or greater measured at ground level;
- It is listed on Council's Significant Tree Register
- "significant tree register” means a register of trees of cultural significance to the Council, which is kept and maintained by Council;
Use the following formula to calculate the diameter of the tree trunk: Diameter = Tree Circumference divided by 3.14159. For example, if your tree, at a height of 1500mm, is 1256mm around (the circumference) then it is approximately 400mm in diameter (1256mm divided by 3.14159 = approximately 400mm).
If a tree overhangs into a neighbouring property, the owner or resident of the neighbouring property is allowed to prune the tree, as long as they do not kill or destabilise the tree.
A permit is required from Council to remove or lop branches from a tree listed on the Significant Tree Register and deemed significant under the Local Law.
How to apply for a permit
Anyone wanting to prune, lop or remove trees which are considered to be significant must complete an Application for significant tree permit (142.20 KB)and email it to email@example.com or mail it to Compliance Branch, c/o Yarra Council, P.O. Box 168, Richmond 3121.
The application will be reviewed by Council’s Manager Compliance. Council may obtain an independent arborist report to assist with the permit application assessment. If a decision is made to approve the work, Council will issue the applicant with an invoice and once this is paid a permit will be issued.
For information regarding permit applications, please contact Stewart Martin, Manager Compliance on 9205 5369 or email Stewart.Martin@yarracity.vic.gov.au
How to register a significant tree
Anyone in the community can nominate a tree or group of trees to add to the Significant Tree Register. To do this you need to complete the Significant Tree Register Nomination form.
When completing the form please provide as much information as possible about the tree and why you believe it should be included on the register. It is important to first check that it is not already listed on the register.
Nominated trees will be inspected and assessed against a set of criteria including:
- Horticultural or genetic value
- Unique location or context
- Aesthetic value
- Historical significance
- Habitat value
Council reviews the nominations on a regular basis. Depending on the volume of nominations received, please be aware that nominations may take up to six months to be reviewed.
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