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Tree Removal Guide For Bayside Council Melbourne

Bayside tree removal and pruning is a significant part of maintaining a healthy landscape throughout the city. Annually, many residents request these services once a certain tree(s) becomes a nuisance, poses a threat to a specific property, or facilitates improvements.

No matter what your reason is – don't dial that phone yet!   

Keep on reading as we will give you a glimpse of what to expect when planning to remove or cut a tree within the Bayside City Council:

Am I in Bayside?

Bayside consist of these suburbs

  • Beaumaris
  • Black Rock
  • Brighton
  • Brighton East (shared with Glen Eira)
  • Cheltenham (shared with Kingston)
  • Hampton
  • Hampton East
  • Highett (shared with Kingston)
  • Sandringham

When Should I Request for a Tree Removal?

If you live within the Bayside Council, always remember that they value their trees. You can quickly request a tree removal according to the following conditions:

  • Dying or dead tree
  • Poses a threat to the community
  • Recognized as part of an asset renewal program 

What about my neighbour's tree branches? View our guide here.

Bayside Council Tree Removal Laws

Most trees within the Bayside Council region require a Planning Permit. This is because they fall under the planning controls, vital tree register, or heritage overlays. Acquiring a permit isn't easy as this will depend on several factors.

The Bayside Council outlines the top three (3) circumstances that will determine if you need a permit for such endeavour:

  1.   The property already has an existing planning permit, landscape or heritage overlays.  If you are unsure if you have or don't have these permits, it is always best to contact the planning department of Bayside Council.
  2.   The tree is part of Vegetation Protection Overlay (VPO3). It would be best to look at the map of the vegetation protection overlay here. Though, there are instances that you don't need to get a planning permit, like if the vegetation is already causing harm, injury, or damage.
  3.   Local Law Permit may be required for a tree(s) with single or combined trunk circumference over 155 cm and with a measurement of 1m above the ground level. Palms, ferns, and non-woody plans aren’t considered a tree in Council’s Law and they don’t need a permit to cut or prune.

You can only remove a tree according to your local authority's procedures and guidelines. Remember that every province, state, or city may have different laws and regulations regarding tree removal. For more details, please visit, Bayside Council website.

We at Reiners Tree Services firmly adhere to Bayside Council regulations and procedures. We have some of the most highly-trained arborists that can do the job.  Call us at RTS to request a tree inspection now!

Common Tree Types Found in Bayside Council

  • Acacia implexa Lightwood
  • Banksia integrifolia Coast Banksia
  • Eucalyptus camaldulensis River Red Gum
  • Eucalyptus melliodora Yellow Box
  • Eucalyptus ovata Swamp Gum
  • Eucalyptus pauciflora Snow Gum
  • Corymbia maculata Spotted Gum
  • Elaeocarpus reticulatus Blueberry Ash
  • Eucalyptus cephalocarpa Silver-leaved Stringybark
  • Eucalyptus cinerea Mealy Stringybark
  • Eucalyptus cornuta Yate
  • Eucalyptus crenulata Silver Peppermint
  • Eucalyptus polyanthemos Red Box
  • Eucalyptus pulchella White Peppermint
  • Eucalyptus rubida Candlebark Gum
  • Eucalyptus tereticornis Forest red gum
  • Lophostemon confertus Brush Box
  • Cedrus deodara Deodar Cedar
  • Jacaranda mimosifolia Schinus molle American Pepper
  • Tilia cordata cultivars Small-leaved Linden
  • Ulmus glabra ‘Lutescens’ Golden Elm
  • Ulmus parvifolia Lacebark
  • Ulmus procera English Elm
  • Zelcova serrata Japanese Zelkova