What is protected vegetation?
Protected vegetation is identified by Council under the Natural Assets Local Law 2003 (NALL). This law protects Brisbane’s natural 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.
For more information on the types of protected vegetation, download the:
Does my property contain protected vegetation?
Your property may have protected vegetation if it:
- is located near or in the Brisbane River or a waterway corridor
- is located in a bushland area or rural area
- contains large trees even in an urban area
- has heritage values.
You should check with Council if this applies to your property by phoning 07 3403 8888.
Can I ask for significant trees to be protected?
Significant trees can be protected under this local law. If a tree meets the criteria to be protected as asignificant landscape tree, a Vegetation Protection Order (VPO) can be made under the NALL, or another local law administered by Council.
Contact Council on 07 3403 8888 for more information or to request a VPO.
A VPO is an order that prohibits work on a protected tree without Council permission. To apply to carry out work on a tree protected by a VPO please contact Council and submit an Application to Carry Out Works to (including interfere with) Protected Vegetation. Permit applications are available to download.
Do I have to apply for permission every time I want to carry out work to protected vegetation?
Generally yes, however there are a number of exemptions. For more information, download the:
Do I apply for a permit to remove vegetation before or after I make an application for building a house?
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.
Do I apply for a permit to remove vegetation before or after submitting a development application?
If protected vegetation is proposed to be affected, you will need to apply for a permit in conjunction with any development application.
I am concerned about a tree that is not on my property, what can I do?
If the vegetation is on Council land, such as in a park, you should contact Council to request work.
If the vegetation is on the street adjoining your property you can apply for a permit to carry out work. For more information, download the:
- Minor Street Tree Pruning fact sheet (PDF - 800kb)
- Minor Street Tree Pruning fact sheet (Word - 986kb).
If the protected vegetation is on a privately owned property you can apply for a permit, but generally the property owner will be required to sign the application. Please contact Council for more information.