Protected vegetation is identified by Brisbane City Council under the Natural Assets Local Law 2003 (NALL). This law protects Brisbane’s vegetation and delivers a balance between protecting the city’s environment and people, property and lifestyle. You may require a permit to manage vegetation that is protected under this law.
Find out more information about the protected vegetation categories.
Your property may have protected vegetation if it:
You should check with Council if this applies to your property by phoning 07 3403 8888.
You can nominate significant trees to be protected under this local law if the tree or vegetation meets the objectives under the Natural Assets Local Law 2003. Find out more.
Generally yes, however there are three different types of permits available allowing property owners to manage protected vegetation. There are also a number of exemptions. For more information, view the You and the Local Law fact sheet or the Applying for a Permit fact sheet.
It is best to apply before finalising your building plans, so Council can discuss all necessary matters with you before you apply for a building approval. Find out more.
If protected vegetation is proposed to be affected, you will need to apply for a permit in conjunction with any development application. Find out more.
If the tree or vegetation is on Council land, such as in a park, you should contact Council to request work.
If the tree or vegetation is a street tree, you can apply for a permit to carry out minor pruning work. Find out more.
If the tree or vegetation is protected and is on a privately owned property you can apply for a permit, but generally the property owner will be required to sign the application. Contact Council for more information.
No. The Local Law is not a land use control. However, along with the Brisbane City Plan 2014 it does require landowners to consult with Council to determine what vegetation should be retained during land development.
No. The Local Law is not a land use control. However, it does require landowners to consult with Council to adopt a responsible approach in deciding what vegetation will be retained as part of your subdivision.
No. A notice requiring the removal of weeds does not allow you to clear other protected vegetation. Seek advice from Council on 07 3403 8888 on the best methods of weed control.
Yes. Weeds that are declared pest plants under the Brisbane Invasive Species Management Plan can be removed from an area containing protected vegetation as long as no damage occurs to the protected vegetation or soil profiles and you do not create erosion potential.
For more information on weeds, look up our database or phone Council on 07 3403 8888.