Applying to remove vegetation (trees and other plants)


Before removing or cutting back any vegetation, read the ‘removing vegetation from your property’ web page to find out if you need a planning permit. If you are not sure, contact our Statutory Planning team on 1300 787 624 or mail@cardinia.vic.gov.au before you start works.

If you need a planning permit to remove vegetation, you need to include these documents with your permit application and fee payment: 

  • A description of the works you want to do. 
  • A copy of the property title (issued in the last 3 months). Council  does not keep property titles – visit the Landata website to order a copy.  
  • Copies of any covenants or Section 173 agreements listed on the title.
  • Site plans (drawn to an appropriate scale and fully dimensioned).
  • A vegetation removal (V1 or V2) form – required when you are applying to remove native or exotic vegetation.


You may also need to provide:

  • A report from a qualified arborist – usually required when you are applying to remove dying, diseased or dangerous trees on private land. The report must include a statement of why the arborist believes the vegetation is in poor health and what they recommend as the best course of action.

The table below outlines which form you need to submit with your planning applicaiton permit. You can use our templates, samples and instructions to help you complete the requirements of your planning permit.

Form Property size When to use this form
Vegetation (V1) removal form Less than 4000 square metres (1 acre)

If you are wanting to remove or cutback or lop up to 20 trees or a patch of native vegetation (bushland) up to 50m2.

  Greater than 4000 square metres (1 acre) If you are wanting to remove up to 20 trees or a patch of native vegetation (bushland) up to 50m2., you need to fill in the NV1 application and also provide:
  1. Recent dated colour photographs of the native vegetation to be removed (digital photos are fine).
  2. Details of any other native vegetation that was permitted to be removed on the same property with the same ownership in the previous 5 years.
  3. Complete a Biodiversity Assessment on the Department of Land, Water and Planning website in accordance with Clause 52.17 of the Cardinia Planning Scheme.  
Vegetation (V2) removal Greater than 4000 square metres (1 acre) If you are wanting to remove more than 20 trees or a patch of native bushland greater than 50m2 you will probably need an ecological report prepared by a qualified ecologist. Contact our Statutory Planning team to discuss your situation before you contact an ecologist.

 

You can apply for a planning permit and submit the required documents online, or you can download a form.

Apply for a planning permit using ePlanning

Download a planning permit application form

If your planning permit is approved, you may need to submit these plans as a condition of your planning permit. You can use our templates, samples and instructions to help you complete the requirements of your planning permit.

Form Property size What is it used for?
Construction landscape management plan   This plan outlines how you will deal with a number of environmental issues during the construction period
Offset management (OM1) plan Less than 4000 square metres (1 acre) This simple offset management plan outlines the works or other actions to compensate for the loss of native vegetation
Offset management (OM2) plan Greater than 4000 square metres (1 acre)

This is a more complex offset management plan. We have two templates to assist you complete this requirement:

  • revegetation
  • protection of existing bushland

Alternatively, you can engage the services of a qualified ecologist to complete for you

Sustainable property management plan  

This plan outlines the significant environmental features, that need to be protected, of your property and ensures long term sustainable management

Use our instructions to help with the planning of your property

 

If you are concerned that someone might be removing vegetation without a permit, report the issue online or call Compliance Services on 1300 787 624.

If you have questions or need help completing your application contact Statutory Planning on 1300 787 624.

The CFA vegetation management guidelines can be used to select plant species for landscaping your garden, to help work out garden design and maintenance for your property to reduce your bushfire risk, while benefitting local biodiversity. The plants featured in the vegetation management guide are selected from our indigenous plant guide.

Our indigenous plant guide has information on plants that are local to Cardinia Shire. You must select from this list for your offset plan. Indigenous plants require less maintenance and water and help build a healthier ecosystem and support our wildlife. 

Nurseries that sell indigenous plants will help you with the right plant selection for your property in the Shire.

List of local indigenous plant nurseries